Planning meals ahead of time allows for less trips to the grocery store. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett have three. Our spouses and children know us better than anyone else. I had baby number one at age 23, just a week after I graduated from college. On the other hand, our home is our entertainment and our sanctuary. There are some families with only 1 or 2 kids I may dread getting together with because of kid behavior issues, awkwardness between us as parents, etc. As if 2 children are not enough.
There are over 100 of us now, and each person brings their own special gifts to the table for the benefit of all. Most of our moms spoke of having a smaller house, older cars, and fewer fancy vacations than their small-family neighbors. We are not wealthy and will most likely not pay for college. I guess it's our family size…? Especially now that we are out of the baby stage ourselves; I struggle being gracious with the messes her younger kids make, their inability to play unsupervised, that thing that all kids do where they beg for any food that another child has, and just that they are generally higher maintenance to have over. I just love family pictures of large families. I know there are many problems a large family has to deal with, but you can cope with any problem faster if you stay together. Families that are large may also have financial issues due to the greater amount of money that is required for the caring of children.
Ground beef will become tacos, hamburgers, and pasta sauce later in the month. The special moments happen more often. Each morning, after the kids leave for school, I like to schedule time to straighten up. But there is nearly always something to do or someone to hang out with. Posh Spice has three, and says she'd love more.
She always told me that she had always wanted four children and that she was thrilled to find out she was pregnant with me. She said, well now you all are done! What we are doing is hard! The entire thing is worth watching, but if you are time constrained, jump to 33 minutes in where there is a discussion of large families in rural Africa and how they seek to make their lot in life better. Then they try to justify the number of kids by knocking smaller families down. So I held out… and my patience eventually paid off. I was an only child, my husband 1 of 6.
A third always seemed like a crazy outside possibility. Both of my parents were from families with 4 kids, and my mom has told me she always wanted 4 as well. There is always plenty of teasing, laughs, and love. Our kids range in age from 7 to 24. Unload a slew of kiddos out of a 15 passenger van and see how many stares your attract.
My weaknesses are often brought out because of my large family, and that only benefits me. But, if this is all there is to having a large family, who on earth would do it? There are days that I wonder when it will get easier. Frequent trips to the maternity ward keep me stocked up. For other parents who have alot of small ones it will eventually get easier. Your Parental Approval Rating Remains High Having many children means increasing the likelihood your approval rating among your children remains higher. My husband and I both grew up with 7 siblings, and big family life is all we know. Nothing on this website should be taken to imply an endorsement of EverydayFamily.
I resonate so much with your words—every child is precious, and the fact of their lives should never be questioned or criticized. Finally, the indicates that the effect of siblings on social skills, at least, hinges on the quality of sibling relationships. Enjoy your large family and trust me there will never be a dull moment. Come to our house instead. They learned 2 take care of each other and most of all they learned to love each other.
How I needed to read 2! I pointed out the kids and the mommy. There were a lot of busy nights that erupted into pure chaos. As our older children have left the silly toddler and preschool years, a baby has grown to fill that place. I started to get up earlier than my children and shower. Of the eight children I have, five are adults and my number six graduates from home school this month. When we are excited, it is easier for them to be excited. There are days when I need to have three children in three different places at the same time.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. About 5 years ago, I was in your position, 3 children under 6 and 1 on the way and the icing on the cake, a step daughter that was 13 at the time too. I just have 1 but would like to have several more. I feel pressure to have more as well as wanting one more. So far that is nine grandchildren. What are the benefits you have seen? Just when you thought you had enough room for all of your children, you add another and then even your 8 passenger van no longer fits the family. Honestly, some of the above comments are making me feel worse.