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Size matters

26 March
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Michael Grose
The move to small families is more significant than we think.

Small families are usually more competitive places than large families.

A family of two kids is usually more competitive than a family of five kids.

At least, it feels that way as in a family of two 100% of your rivals sit across the table from a child every time they sit down to have breakfast together.

In large families, there are competitors and companions so rivalry never seems so pervasive or full-on.

Bizarrely, the amount of sibling conflict decreases as more kids enter the family tribe.

One theory suggests that just as parents become less enraptured by the birth of each subsequent child, so siblings themselves become less all-consumed when another sibling comes along.

It sort of counter-intuitive, but it makes sense!
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