Having a Large Family



Why having a large family is good for you and cheaper than you think.  This is a fun read sent to me by the eldest child in our own, well, I think of it as a medium sized family, but most people thing of it as large one.  She says it’s all good reading, but this tickled her:

“…having struggled to have a second child, it was hard to shake the mindset that a pregnancy was anything other than a blessing. As our family expanded, necessitating bigger cars and fewer holidays, we took to heart the views attributed to Elizabeth Longford, the historian and Roman Catholic mother-of-eight. Asked why so many, she said that since her children were so different, curiosity drove her to find the limits of genetic diversity.”

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  1. HeatherHH
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Like you, we currently have seven children. I tend to view us as a large family. Some of that is probably influenced by the fact that when I was growing up, I knew no families with more than 4 children, and even those were rare. One person that I know personally just had her 8th child, but I don’t know anyone else personally that has more than the seven we do. When we had six children, I did consider us medium-sized, which would make most people think I’m nuts. I’ve learned most people around here at least would consider 3-4 a large family.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted August 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      I was mainly just teasing about not being a large family with seven. I know what it looks like to others. These days, we’re just a family of five cildren, and with two of them off with their jobs, school, and acts of service, most days there are only 3 kids at home. That’s so tiny.

  2. Posted August 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I know these kinds of articles aren’t written for someone like me. We struggled to get pregnant once, then again to get pregnant a second time and then lost that baby early on. If I had had my way from the start, we would have 3 or 4 children and I’d be pregnant again. But now, on hindsight, that means we might not have the son we do have, and I wouldn’t trade him.

    We still hope to grow our family — just via adoption, not birth.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted August 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      You’re right, this article isn’t for people like you and your sweet family. I mainly shared it because parts of it were amusing, and because I get tired of the criticism and false assumptions that are often aimed at larger families, as well as the false assumptions about the costs.

      Our family also grew through adoption- two of the seven are adopted.=)

  3. Posted August 29, 2013 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    Note to self: Don’t read the comments. Don’t. read. the. comments.

    (the article was great however! as were the related links.)

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