Allie asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 5 months ago

Why were families with only one child extremely rare back in the olden days?

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  • 5 months ago

    Agricultural economy required bigger families so kids could help out on the farms. Also more kids died of childhood diseases so parents had more kids to cover themselves

  • Truth
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    no birth control and vaseline was invented in 1872

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    They obviously didn’t have birth control yet so

    The pill wasn’t invented until 1960 and back then it was more harsh and had worse side effects, it’s much better these days

    They also had a lot of kids to help out on the farm and because people usually died younger and got sick because of terrible nutrition and living/environmental conditions — they were weak and sickly and had basically no immune systems

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    it you mean last year?

    many good answers

    same reason people did not use cell phones for emergency in the olden days

    • John P
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      No reliable contraception. |Plus the notion that you should have several children in case some of them died young of all the unpreventable diseases which were around in those days.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    They wanted to have sons

  • 5 months ago

    Farming? People needed larger families to help work the farm. . . Planned parenthood? Planned parenthood was less facilitated in some ways. . . Belongingness? Do we meet the need to belong today through other means?

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Birth control could be spotty or, for mechanical means, illegal.

  • John
    Lv 4
    5 months ago

    That's funny. They weren't in fact families with only one given child has always been the most common.

    What gives you the idea litters are common at anytime amoungst people?

  • 5 months ago

    FAMILIES WITH ONLY CHILD WERE VERY RARE BACK IN THE OLD DAYS BECAUSE OF THESE FOLLOWING FACTORS:

    1.) NO BIRTH CONTROL

    2.) NO FAMILY PLANNING

    3.) LACK OF EDUCATION

    4.) MORE CHILDREN, MORE WORKERS FOR THE FIELD

    5.) RELIGION: GO AND MULTIPLY

    6.) HIGH INFANT MORTALITY RATE

    7.) MORE CHILDREN, HIGHER FAMILY SURVIVAL

    • F
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      Exactly the same reasons as currently happens in the third world, except nowadays instead of 1 or 2 out of 10 children surviving, it's now 8 or 9, which is the reason for the massive population explosions in Africa and India.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    the "olden days" is such a broad term it can refer to any time period of any length. fix it.

    • Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      You just commented on my answer. So you already know I answered.

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