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Hi, first, thank you for your time reading this.
Here is an essay I wrote for practice. Hope you can help me proofread it and give me some suggestions on how to make it better.
I contemplated on the possible careers I would pursue in the future, but could not think of one that would fulfill me as an individual. I thought about what I enjoyed doing the most, or what I often found myself doing-smiling. I love smiling, and love making other people smile, and there is no better way to express your happiness than by showing off your pearly whites. There are many individuals who ashamed of their teeth, refuse to smile or cover their mouth when they do. I want to be able to help them with this problem, especially children because the world always looks brighter behind a smile.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of growing up in a large, extended family and in a small family? Compare and give reasons.

Parents always want to make the best decisions for their children. The most essential decision they have to make is the size of their family.
A large family has some very strong advantages. First of all, it has a lot of members and there is more than one earning member in a large family. In addition, members can help each other in bad times. A large family has parents, children and uncles, aunties and grandparents. Therefore, children can enjoy the company of all the members. They are never alone. A large family also has a joyful atmosphere. Everyone has his/her story at the end of the day and they all sit and talk about their good experiences, their problems and possible solutions together. Finally, a large family can save money in various different ways. Because they all live together, the cost becomes low in total and they can save a lot. A large family is a lovely place to live in.

Parents have to consider whether it is better for their children to grow up in a large family or to grow up in a small family. Still, I believe there is no best family size. A large family and a small family both have their own advantages and disadvantages in the aspects of family’s finance and child companionship.
Disadvantages of a Large Family
There are several disadvantages of having a large family. First of all, there is hardly any privacy. In a large family, you may have to share bedrooms with your sisters or brothers. It is hard to have any time alone because there are so many people living in one house. In addition, a large family often has more expenses than a small family. A large family has to budget their money so that everyone can have enough food and clothes to live. Sometimes, children or parents cannot buy what they want because they have to save money for others in the family. Finally, in a large family there is more responsibility on the parents to take care of all their children. It takes a lot of work by parents to make sure that all their children grow up to be good people. A large family is not easy to live in.

A family financial condition is tightly related to the size of the family. The living cost for a large is surely much higher than the living cost for a small family. As the result, children in a large family would have less financial supports from their parents.
Members of a large family may be denied the benefits of higher education. In a competitive society, children who are denied proper education. may be unsuccessful and the chances are that they would be bitter and disappointed. The helplessness of the parents and their poor financial position may have an adverse effect on the children. The children may be denied the luxuries. Bereft of parental care, children may resort to evil ways and become social liabilities. The bitterness they develop as children will influence their attitudes and they may fail in life.

In contrast, in a small family, parents can give more resources to their children. For instance, their children can receive better education, or have more opportunities to develop some costly interests, such as piano.
It is completely wrong and may leave some of the siblings sad and miserable. Also, the more children people have, the harder it may be to provide them with food, clothes, education and other necessary things. For me, the option of having a big family is unacceptable. Even one child seems to be too much. I’m not quite mature and I don’t think I ever will be, and I realize what a huge responsibility the family bond is, so I won’t decide to have a child until there remains even the smallest shadow of a doubt. Also, I can’t imagine taking care of someone except myself and how I’m going to sacrifice all my freetime and interests, and hobbies, and lifestyle for the sake of constant cooking, clothes washing and house cleaning. And no matter how many advantages a big family has, I’m not going to change my mind.

My friend, Dave, is the only child in their family. Their parents always support him to do whatever the things he wishes to do, such as traveling aboard and developing his interest in music. On the other hand, I, growing up in a large family, do not have as many chances to do things I want as Dave do. From this example, I believe children in a small family can receive more supports from their parents than children in a large family can receive.
Whether you grew up in a large family or your own family is big, there are many benefits of having a big family. I do agree there are some disadvantages too. Money and space are some of the major problems of large families. Luckily, those problems don’t prevent people from having large families. I’ve always believed that the bigger family, the more love it has. When you have five siblings or kids, you never think you are alone and no one loves you. When something happens, there’s always someone who is ready to support you anytime you need it. If you are currently having problems with your family and you wish you had a small family, here are a few reasons why a big family is better than a small one. I hope, these benefits will help you realize you are lucky to live in a large family.

Although children in the large family might not receive much supports from their parents, they have more companies to talk to and to play with. That is definitely a great advantage for children in a large family.
There are many older people who are trying to cope with loneliness or have to live in nursing homes. It’s sad but they don’t have another option. When you have a large family, you will definitely have someone that will care for you. That’s one of the biggest reasons to have at least three children.

They will not feel lonely at home because their brothers or sister are always their best companies throughout their lives. On the other hand, if a family only has a single child, the child would often feel lonely, and feel eager to have a brother or a sister.
No matter what happens in your life, there is always someone who can help you and support you. In a big family, children can be both selfish and unselfish. If your brother doesn’t care about you, your sister can risk her life to help you. If one of your children is selfish, there is always a child who appreciates you regardless of your character. Moreover, if you have lots of uncles and aunts, you have a huge support. Appreciate each member of your family, even if they don’t appreciate you. Having a big family is a blessing!

Luck enough, I have a brother and a sister, and I never feel lonely at home. They are always the best friend to talk to and to share my feeling with. Children would definite benefit a lot from having more companies at home, and it is an advantage a small family doe not have.
In a few years, the large family will be considered a thing of the past; today it is no longer a status symbol. A large family is different from a joint family of a few decades ago. A large family may consist of the father, the mother and four or more children. A small family which, because of population increase and food shortage, is considered ideal today may consist of the parents and two children. There are advantages and disadvantages of being member of a large family.

After all, there is not really an answer for the best family size because both large and small family have their own advantages and disadvantages. Children in a small family can receive more supports than children in a large family.
There are disadvantages too. When parents raise a large family, and are unable to discipline them, their children will become noisy, quarrelsome and vindictive. The father or mother can cause a rift in the family just by showing partiality. Some parents, unable to discipline their children, resort to excessive punishment which only serves to alienate the children further. These are some of the reasons which family planning associations state to show that a large family is disadvantageous.

However, children in a large family can have more companies at home than children in a small family can have. Because the size of a family could affect children greatly, the parents should think carefully before they decide how many children they are going to have.
Nowadays more and more people tend to have only one child or not to have children at all. The reasons are different: some of them want to have more time to themselves, some want to get to the top in their career and some just don’t want to have such a big responsibility. Either big or small families have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of them. To begin with, children from bigger families are more sociable while the only child in the family may be a little bit too shy. It is said, that children who haven’t got any siblings and get a lot of love and attention from the parents, start taking everything for granted and become spoiled. I think, it depends not on the size of the family, but on parents and the way they are bringing their child up. And on the other side, in bigger families parents may have their ‘favourites’ and love them more than the others.

Thank you so much again!
Aug 19 2007 04:17:01
  • Kaosteven2000
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A little problem with your reasoning: You assume the difference in size is caused only by the number of children a couple has.

Some live with their parents and their kids. And when they have uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, etc. all living in one big place, then they are living with their extended family.
Aug 23 2007 04:58:50
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i think that the larger extended family is not going to have less money for resources than a smaller one as the more people in the family the more wages are coming in and the extra members wont take much more money so the larger family is most probably better for the child to have all the resources they need. thanks
Sep 16 2008 19:22:37
  • anonymous
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need 10 more advantages of a small family
Jan 21 2009 17:31:06
  • anonymous
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although i am not quite sure about some of ur point of views, just to point out few grammar mistakes (I not very good at them either, just my opinion and how they sound).
"Luck enough"(luckily enough)?I have a brother and a sister, and I never feel lonely at home.
Children would definite benefit a lot from having more companies at home, and it is an advantage a small family doe not have.
A large family will be a lively family and life at home will never be dull. There will he many to talk to and discuss with. A problem that is brought by one will be shared by all others. When one is in distress, one can be assured of warmth and affection. Every member is a distinct individual and hence the views of the different members on a subject under discussion will be different. What an opportunity to see a problem from different angles! The interests of the children will be different and life would be one of variety.

change definite to definitely, "and it is" to which ?
Jan 22 2009 00:36:49
  • allie123
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hi my name is Nigora

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Oct 13 2009 12:51:54
  • anonymous
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