I grew up in a family of five. When I was younger, I thought five was a pretty good-sized family. My cousins’ families only had four on one side and three on the other, after all. Then I got older and realized my family was quite small compared to some.
Take my father-in-law’s family, for example. He came from a Mennonite family with eighteen children. You read that right. Eighteen. Same mother. Same father. No twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc. All single live births.
I laugh now when people say my small tribe of eight is a large family, because I know many who have families that are quite a bit larger than ours.
Most families in the Amish communities I live around have many children. Most of them are constantly growing. My neighbors had thirteen children. Some of our other Amish friends are now up to ten with the recent birth of their first set of twins. I believe seven children is the average for an Amish family.
To our Englisch mindset, many of us can’t even imagine having that many kinner. The Amish, however, have very different views. They consider children to be a blessing, not a burden.
Children are assets, not liabilities.
The Bible says in Psalm 127:3-5a, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them…”
Also, there’s the old Amish proverb, ‘Many hands make light work.’
Having many children also increases the Amish population, which pretty much guarantees their culture will remain for many generations to come.
What about you? Do you come from a large family? Do you enjoy seeing the Amish with their large families as much as I do?
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