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View Poll Results: My initial reaction to seeing this would be....
Very positive 19 25.68%
Positive 13 17.57%
Neutral 26 35.14%
Negative 9 12.16%
Very Negative 7 9.46%
Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 07-21-2011, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Let's say this scenario occurs:

You are walking back to your car with your cart from the grocery store. Parked next to you is a large conversion van. You see six children, ranging in age from approximately 3 to 15, obviously from the same parents, walking out to the conversion van. You also see the father, who is in khaki pants and a polo shirt, pushing the cart, along with the mother, who appears to be pregnant with another child. The three oldest children load the bags of groceries into the van.

What is your initial gut reaction?
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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...That it's nice they're all going to the store together and helping out?

I guess this is supposed to spark a debate about overpopulation or some jazz like that?
If people can raise decent, respectful, responsible kids without government assistance, why do I care how many they have?
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:16 PM
 
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My initial gut reaction, "thank god I don't have that many kids".
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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I see large family as a positive thing. There are pros and cons to a large family, but I grew up seeing large family as a positive thing. There are more pros than cons (at least in my family), so it really depends on your experience. We all get along, a little disagreement and argument here and there, but it is nothing to break the family apart. My large family has taught me to learn to share and depend on each other. We understand our privacy but we share when necessary.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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I wouldn't even notice the family size. When I grew up, large families were the norm, many families had 6+ kids. My best friend had 6 sisters and 7 brothers. I live in the area today and there are still large families, not as many as decades ago but still enough to not be an oddity. On my short little street, there are four families with over 6 children. As a result, I don't really understand these large-family-debates on here. Maybe my region is different because the cost of living is still low. Whatever. Have as many or as few children as you want. It won't bother me.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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It's none of my business.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Powell, WY
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I get those looks....and I have 4 children, well behaved, and polite. I get this, "Are they all yours?" "Wow. You have your hands full." I hate that...keep it to yourself...I've seen parents that can't handle ONE, so I give myself and my husband credit for having 4 really good kids.

As long as I'm not eating up any entitlements or encroaching on your life, what business is it of yours?
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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Neutral on the family size, positive on the scenario you described (dad and kids participating).
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: here
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not enough info. It depends on how the kids were behaving.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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not enough info. It depends on how the kids were behaving.
Helping load groceries into the car? SOLD.
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