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Thoughts After the First Baby vs. the Fourth Baby (and Beyond)

Jenny Evans | Posted 10.18.2016 | Parents
Jenny Evans

Around Baby #4, it seems like a switch flips inside you, too. You are now an expert at parenting babies, and you act accordingly.

Mind Your Own Womb

Nadirah Angail | Posted 06.01.2016 | Women
Nadirah Angail

These women are everywhere. They are our neighbors, our friends, our sisters, our co-workers, our cousins. They have no use for our advice or opinions. Their wombs are their own. Let's respect that.

The McCarthy Method -- The Life-Changing Magic of an Irish Catholic Family

Sharon McCarthy | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
Sharon McCarthy

You've now heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese Decluttering Consultant and creator of The Konmari Method. Well long before there was Marie Kondo, there was my mother, Bernice McCarthy, the Irish-Catholic-Marie-Condo, and creator of The McCarthy Method: The Life-Changing Magic of an Irish Catholic Family.

Field Notes From the Front Lines of the Stomach Flu

Louise Storm | Posted 03.23.2017 | Parents
Louise Storm

It seems this season's stomach flu has been particularly widespread and vicious, at least in our house. Over the course of eight days, every one of my four young children, as well as my husband, succumbed to the tummy bug.

6 Things You Shouldn't Say To Big Families

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 02.03.2017 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

When you see big families out and about, it must be a green light to say awkward stuff.

Why We Don't Bother With 'Date Night'

Julie Cole | Posted 01.11.2017 | Parents
Julie Cole

Every couple needs to do what works for them.

Back to School on a Budget

Julie Cole | Posted 08.06.2016 | Parents
Julie Cole

Back-To-School season is an expensive time for families. With six kids heading off this September, I put all my own tips and tricks in high gear.

Yes, I Have 5 Kids. No, I'm Not Neglecting Any Of Them.

Jenny Evans | Posted 07.23.2016 | Parents
Jenny Evans

I may not have time to do elaborate crafts at home or be president of the PTA, but my kids don't care about those things, anyway. What matters to them is that I enjoy being with them, that I care to know all about them, and that I love them.

42 Signs You Have A Big Family

Jenny Evans | Posted 05.31.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

You can play a game of baseball, soccer or football whenever you want, and you don't even need to invite over any of the neighbors.

Stayin' Alive (at 95!)

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

When my mom blows out the candles on her 95th birthday this Tuesday, she'll be buoyed by the joy that marked her early years in the Basile household.

6 Reasons To Have 6 Kids

Julie Cole | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Julie Cole

Sure, there are some days when I wonder what I've gotten myself into, worry about the world they'll inherit and consider the environmental footprint of a family like mine. But most of the time, I just celebrate how awesome it is to have six kids.

My Super Secret TV Addiction

Leah Bieler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Leah Bieler

In a big family, the currency is time. Time with parents, time with siblings. We value the personal connection over all else.

28 Signs You're Dealing With A Youngest Child

Lian Dolan | Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents
Lian Dolan

7. Has photographic memory of every event that happened to older siblings, including what they were wearing and what Mom yelled.

Room For One More?

Cara McDonough | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Cara McDonough

I don't think there's always a right or wrong answer when contemplating having another child. I do think, however, that there's a certain peace a parent must make with him or herself, regarding this question, or any other.

WATCH: 10 Senior Siblings Living Life To The Fullest

Sarah Barness | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty

Art Kutchinski, 82, feels fortunate to be surrounded by his family. But this is no ordinary reunion. Art has nine happy and healthy siblings, ranging ...

How Three Generations Can Successfully Live Under One Roof

U.S. News And World Report | Posted 01.25.2013 | Fifty

Putting three generations under one roof--the most common multigenerational living arrangement--became a growth industry during the recession. As the ...

The Bigger The Family, The Dumber The Comments From Strangers

Kristen Chase | Posted 08.31.2011 | Parents

By Kristen Chase It really only takes a visible baby in your belly for the opinionated idiots to come out of the woodwork. Your vagina somehow beco...

Debating The Environmental Impact Of Big Families

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It might be permissible to gently speak with your daughter about the environmental impact of Americans, on a one-time only basis. You may wish to pair...