Being raised in a small family, one-on-one time with my parents wasn’t something I valued. My brother is 10 years older than me, so by the time I was old enough to care, he was almost an adult and I felt like an only child.
Now that I have a large family, I recognize the value of one-on-one time with each child. The dynamics of a large family are different. There are more fights between siblings, differing personalities, increased financial demands, lack of personal space, and more time is required for the never-ending cleaning and laundry. Especially for a large homeschooling family, the lack of personal space can feel greater because you’re always together. In the midst of the choas it’s easy to forget about providing one-on-one time with each child.