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What People Tell Me When They Hear I Have Six Children

Rachel Toalson | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

I have a large family. Six children. In a world where people are choosing to have fewer children (or none at all), this can seem weird and insane and, for some, unacceptable. These people always come out to play when I mention anywhere in my article that six kids live in my house.

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

Jenny Evans | Posted 07.23.2015 | 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.

5 Depressing But True Advantages Of Having A Large Family

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Good news, friends! When you have a large family, there will always be someone else to play dress-up. There's always a teenager or a toddler to throw unsuspectingly at your little Aurora or Belle or Elsa. Let the siblings bear the brunt of Maleficent's wrath.

11 Things Only Those With 3 Kids Truly Understand

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty

With three kids, parents are not only outnumbered but also severely stressed. Indeed, a 2013 survey of more than 7,000 American mothers found that thr...

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.

Best Hotels for Large Families

MiniTime | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel

Hotels that offer kid-focused amenities and cater to your whole group - from young kids to teenagers to adults - will offer peace of mind and enjoyable travels for all. With these tips, you're sure to find the best family-friendly option for your groups' needs and budget.

10 Things Not To Say About A Large Family

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Melissa Charles

"Were they all planned?" Wow. Did you plan to be so incredibly, astoundingly rude? Or did it happen by accident? Honestly, this question really baffles me. How my reproductive choices have anything to do with anyone else other than my husband is beyond me.

9 Ways My Large Family Makes Me More 'Green'

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

f one brother has already finished his bath and left the water in the tub, another brother will get in and wash anyway. And while we're on the subject, I'll admit that their daddy and I only have time for showers every two or three days.

Just Because I Have A Large Family Doesn't Mean I Didn't Family Plan

Rachel Toalson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

It may be news to many, but every one of our six babies was planned (well, except for the extra twin we didn't anticipate).

When Being 'The Good One' Isn't So Great

TueNight | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women

The hardest part was to rewrite the narrative of who I was based on what I had internalized from other people's expectations. As if it was some immutable, narrow thing, rather than choices and work.

4 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was Parenting Toddlers The First Time Around

Stephanie Gates | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Gates

Like every mother, I want to see all of my kids grow into happy, fully functioning people. But now I am now convinced that endeavor can only begin when I accept who they naturally are.

A Father's Day Story: We Adopted Eight Kids in Need After My Parents Fostered 36

Hank Fortener | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Hank Fortener

If only I could go back and tell that latchkey beer thief in 1969 that one day, he would have 11 children from nine different women, a thanksgiving table 29 feet long and eight grandkids at the ripe young age of 57, I wonder what he'd say.

How Fertility Rates Can Bounce Back

Posted 01.29.2014 | Parents

By: By Stephanie Pappas, Senior Writer Published: 01/28/2014 07:02 PM EST on LiveScience Almost the world over, women are having fewer children ...

A New Reason Positive Sibling Interaction Is Important

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents

BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN NEW YORK Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:23am EST (Reuters Health) - In large families, young kids can't always get a lot of individua...

For the Love of My Sister

Robin Korth | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

My sister Laurie was a year and a half older than me and always two years ahead of me in school. She was also my best friend and "almost twin." In our...

This Man Has 27 Kids With 16 Different Women

Posted 09.11.2013 | Divorce

A father of 27 kids from Dayton, Ohio was released from police custody this week after being arrested on Friday for a child support related offense. ...

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 ...

Defense of One-Child Families From the Mouths Of 'Onlies'

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Lorraine Devon Wilke

During the process of deciding whether or not to have another child, I heard often from people that it was "wrong" to have only one if it was possible, health-wise, to have more. One person even called it a "disservice" to my first child.

'Tis the Season to Be...Thinking About Having Another Baby?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

In a world that seems so unpredictable and unsafe, it's an appealing notion to think the more the merrier. But it's all relative, about relatives.

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...

Laura Stampler

Three Tykes And You’re Out? Why Women With Three-Plus Kids Suffer Major Career Disadvantages | Laura Stampler | Posted 09.11.2011 | Women

While balancing a family and career is difficult for any woman -- whether she has one child or five -- recent Australian research suggests that women ...

An Unusual Father's Day Gift

Nancy Cronk | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nancy Cronk

Dad, I want you to know the kind of stories I will be telling about you. Words won't ever do justice to the kind of man you are -- the kind of hero you've been to so many people.

Parents: It's Okay to Have a Favorite Child

Dr. Ellen Libby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ellen Libby

Every parent relates differently to each child, so having a favorite is inevitable. While love lasts a lifetime, favoritism may or may not.

Growing Up in Detroit: Community Organizing With Mostaccioli

Nancy Cronk | Posted 02.07.2012 | Detroit
Nancy Cronk

Raising a big family was tough for my parents. Feeding 11 people on an auto-workers income meant everything my parents did required effort and creativity.