Tommy says "wow... one big family...interesting"
It is interesting. They like living in an extended family-- everyone from the grand parents through to the nephews and nieces under one roof. Great grandma used to live with them, but passed away last year.
They are also the first to admit there are drawbacks. You have to be good at defending your personal space and time.
If you have kids, there is always some one around to baby sit.
On the other hand, The adults have to do much co-ordination and communication. Otherwise the most lenient among them usurps their intent.
It doesn't work if one kid can only play X-Box from 7:00pm to 8:00pm while another is allowed to play after he finishes his homework.
If you buy an expensive birthday present for a niece, then you have to buy expensive birthday presents for all the nephews and nieces for the next year.
The kids also learn to work the system. If mommy or daddy won't let me have a cookie, then maybe the aunties or the uncles or grandma or grandpa will.
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