Anyone who thinks this knows not of what they speak. They are sadly ignorant.
Children from a properly-functioning big family take for granted the love and attention that nurtures them throughout their lives. In the same way an only child comes to expect worldly goodies and summer vacations, a Duggar or Davis child couldn't imagine life without the special advantages of a big family. They often don't realize how good they've got it. The biggest complaint we parents of abundance hear, for instance, (chiefly from our teenagers) is that they're never alone. But, it's only a matter of time before they realize that the greatest blessing of their lives is that they're never alone. When they're little and squabbling, when they're teenagers finding their way, when they're young adults out in the world, when they become parents themselves, when they're old and grey -- children from large families will always have others in the world who love them: people who understand the world in the same way because they grew up with the same ethic, culture, and experience; people who won't be bashful about criticizing, but who'll drop everything and come to their aid in a heartbeat. And if one sib can't be there, some one or two or three or six others out of the rest of the gang will be there. And out of those someone is bound to be equipped to help with whatever is needed. I said it before: it's a beautiful thing to see, a beautiful way to live.
God bless them.
* BTW: Other big families might enjoy this site or this one and I love this one ; all full of clever t-shirts, mugs and the like for big families. Fun stuff!
** Please excuse the really weird spacing and justification on here; I'm having Blogger problems and can't figure out how to fix it. If anyone out there has had this problem, please, please, can you tell me how to fix it?