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Are Big Families Making a Comeback?

Back in our parents' and grandparents' days, having half a dozen children wasn't all too unusual. In fact, some moms and dads had offspring into the double digits. Now, it seems that those instances are far and few between, with many couples maxing out at two kids.

But when we polled readers about having lots of tots, 34 percent said they'd welcome the idea, while seven percent said they would even like as many as their bodies would bear. Brad Pitt has intentions for a soccer team, Chris O'Donnell currently has a party of five, and Pete Wentz recently said that he wants a band, football team, or a geometry club.

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radmama27 radmama27 9 years
I love big families. But I think a financial strain prevents some people from having more kids. And more women are career oriented, and focus more on themselves more so than women did 50 years ago.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
Big families are coming back but not in the traditional way now they are BIG BLENDED families. I went from having a sister to now having 3 sisters and a older brother!!!! So when we go out we are those BIG families now!!!
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
i look at big families and think.... aww how wonderful. and then i have a wk/end where the lil guy is teething & feverish... and all that big happy family cr!p goes RIGHT out the mind & i'm left thinking HOW can people w/more than one do it!!!!
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
I agree with Michelleannette. I love to see big families, but what is the point if you can't support all of them financially? And not like buying them all a car, nice clothes, etc. Those things aren't necessary. I mean more along the lines of education, extra-curricular activites at school, etc.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I think they are slowly making a comeback. I would love to have a big family, my mom came from a big family so I have a ton of aunts,uncles & cousins and I always wanted to have that for my kids. I have 1 so far... hopefully I'll have a few more in the future :)
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
It seems to me that I know far less big families than when I was growing up. I'm one of four, Mom is one of eight, Dad is one of five. I think big families are fantastic!
michelleannette michelleannette 9 years
i love to see big families. if the parents can financially and emotionally support 6, 7, 8, 9+ children, then that is awesome. i think i'm biased because i am one of six and it was/is so much fun. i don't like to see the large families where the parents struggle to make ends meet and the children go without...that's where some people could be more responsible.
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
There are big families out there still. I don't think that really went away. I think money is, unfortunately, a big factor. Some people can only afford to support two children so that's all they have. Celebrities can have massive broads because they can afford to pay for them!
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
We have four, and people consider us to be a large family. I wouldn't change a thing!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
We have 4 children. Apparently that's considered a big family. I have friends with twice as many children as we have (and then some).
albeli albeli 9 years
I have three and would love to have one more.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
If they could afford them why not!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i was an only child but most of my friends and my parents friends had several children in the family. now my kids have classmates with 5 and 6 kids. only a few are only children. anyway, hollywood has never been a place where families were big (unless they adopted the kids) so i don't think much has changed.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
Not sure they are making a comeback. If I had the financial means to have 4 kids, I probably would. But with today's economy you have to be a millionaire! I think for people like Brad and Angelina it is easier because they have the money. I always wanted 4 kids, but things change! Mainly because of money.
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