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Chain Reaction

Open a store . . . open a store . . .and so on . . . and so on . . . and so on . . .

This story appears in the August 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Fortunately for most people, a big usually doesn't materialize overnight the way it did not so long ago for the McCaugheys of who one day had just one child--and the next had seven more. Big families generally develop over a period of years, with each new addition joining the bunch after the older ones are well on their feet and somewhat self-sufficient.

While it's never easy to juggle the needs of several children all at once, most parents eventually figure out how to manage. Some even find advantages to having a larger brood: Siblings can be each other's playmates, and even baby-sitters, lightening their parents' load.

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