WARNING: THIS POST WILL TURN INTO A SOAP BOX!
The more I see my children with other kids of different ages, the more I understand how important it is for their own growth and development. Many Montesorri classrooms are set-up (or are suppose to be set-up) with children of different ages. This reflects the family with more than one child, minus the parents. I watch as Ruth puts Gracie to sleep, feeds her a bottle and even plays with her. She is learning to care for others. To put someone elses needs before her own. I watch as Canaan learns how to make a lever from an older child in Mrs. Courtney's school, later returning home to replicate it and learn more about the laws of physics. Is the answer to send our kids to Montessori classrooms? I don't believe (although I am certainly not against it). I believe it is to nurture relationships with siblings and friends of all ages. To give them roles to fulfill and realize their purpose within the family/community.
Their is an attack on large families today. They are looked at as "crazy" for having several children. But if trained properly, won't these children benefit from having more siblings? America is such an isolated, lonely country. Children are viewed as a burden. So many times I hear Mothers say "I can't wait until summer is over and my kids are back in school." No wonder people don't want to have lots of kids, and they view large families as insane! Because they have let their kids drive them insane. Those of you who know me know that I will not be the "Octo-mom". But I do want to support what God tells you to do as far as the number of children you have. When persecution arises when you tell people your beliefs on children, remember your children's blessings they will receive from their siblings and that "...the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed." Isaiah 50:7 We are living for eternity; not the masses.