Benefits of a 20-kid family
Sipho takes a look on the bright side of one man siring kids by the dozen.
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When a man decides to sire almost two dozen kids we stand ready to pelt him with criticism and harsh judgment. True, there are disadvantages to having such a large brood but having grown up in a large family myself I’m aware of advantages.

Old age pension
With two dozen kids to your name you are assured of not spending your old age in a lonely nursing home. Add grandchildren to the brood and you have plenty of care givers at your disposal-all of them family.

The more, the merrier
Children growing up in large families learn social skills early. They learn how to share their parents’ attention, living space, and toys and so on. Unselfishness is promoted. My friends, who come from big families, are more accommodating than those from smaller families.
Loneliness is an unfamiliar feeling to them.

Better adjusted kids

Being raised in a big family gives the children an opportunity to understand gender differences as they interact with several brothers and sisters. In my opinion these children are likely to be sensitive to how members of the opposite sex act and think and behave which likely makes them good company.

Having to deal with many other siblings also builds the child’s character as he learns to handle family members of different temperaments.

Free baby sitters
With so many kids there is no need to hire a lot of outside help. Older children can help to baby sit younger infants.

Sibling support
When you grow among so many siblings you can survive not having friends because you have many other friends at home. I've observed adults from large families having a strong support network in times of distress. A lone child faces life’s trials alone without siblings to lean on.

Not putting your eggs in one basket

A man with many offspring spreads his investment. If you have one kid and he turns into an unrepentant druggie then phew, there goes your lifelong investment. With 20-something kids, if 5 turn out to be losers you’ll still have 19 plus to fall back on.

Vasectomy an easy decision
After having that many children the decision to have a vasectomy is easy to make because of the absence of lingering doubts of possibly wanting another baby in the future.

Has Sipho missed anything? Should 20 kids be the norm?

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