Originally Posted by DebraBaker
I have eight children, so I believe I'm particularly sensitive about the typical weaknesses in large families.
Making the older children do too much is one of those things I indentified in large families that I didn't want to do to mine.
Deliberately giving up nursing to allow another child to be conceived that you hand over to an older sibling is odd at best. I know people who have done stuff like this. Difference is, most stop at six or nine, not 16 +. This family is politically well-connected and they get a lot of, ahem, support from their Arkansasian community which, I suppose, gives them more ability to continue begatting and bearing children.
DB....I didn't know that you had 8 children. I will be following you around and taking notes! :