Sixteen kids and counting....

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BarnYardCow Wed 09-Jan-13 12:28:24

Anyone else looking forward to a new episode on Friday where I think they have just had number 17, plus one of the elder daughters is expecting too!

oldebaglady Fri 11-Jan-13 21:15:13

£50 each is about what we spend, and that would be £800/yr for them

SavoirFaire Fri 11-Jan-13 21:15:58

I agree though they (the kids) should all have chores. Even the younger ones could be taking their washing downstairs and putting away. My mum is from a big Irish family and although she was only one of two, she had millions of cousins who were all in largish families, i.e. 6, 7, 8 children etc. I remember one of the mums of these bigger broods saying to me that "once you've had three it doesn't get much harder" but her reasoning was that the older ones start to look after themselves, and the younger ones and pitch in with all the household side of things.

Smudging Fri 11-Jan-13 21:16:40

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alisarah Fri 11-Jan-13 21:17:06

Wow: makes me feel totally inadequate.. hats off.

Smudging Fri 11-Jan-13 21:17:10

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ReshapeWhileDashingThroTheSnow Fri 11-Jan-13 21:17:14

They all seem lovely. I can't believe how many children she's had, and she looks amazing!

Thewhingingdefective Fri 11-Jan-13 21:17:51

Watching now. They are a little bit bonkers but lovely and I wish I had half the amount of patience.

oldebaglady Fri 11-Jan-13 21:18:05

don't most schools have healthy lunchbox policies nowadays??

ReshapeWhileDashingThroTheSnow Fri 11-Jan-13 21:18:18

Does anyone else get the hmm face at the really censorious voice-over? It's like the DM is doing the commentary.

Notcontent Fri 11-Jan-13 21:18:48

Sailorsgal, that's just what I was wondering about re child benefit. Because presumably he would make over 60,000, and at the moment child benefit would be enough to pay for a big chunk of their weekly groceries.

I struggle with one dd. I must be doing something wrong!

shotofexpresso Fri 11-Jan-13 21:20:57

I'm always a bit :/ about these families, the fact you always see mother has the newest baby and the toddlers are shipped off to the older kids to look after.
But I'll still be watching.

Smudging Fri 11-Jan-13 21:21:22

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ReshapeWhileDashingThroTheSnow Fri 11-Jan-13 21:21:38

Cloth nappies. grin Though my god, the washing. How many of the younger ones are still in nappies, I wonder?

Smudging Fri 11-Jan-13 21:22:50

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Meglet Fri 11-Jan-13 21:23:20

They don't seem very shouty.

I reach Sgt Major levels before breakfast most days.

oldebaglady Fri 11-Jan-13 21:23:37

AHHHH get that car seat off the edge of the table!!!! shock

ReshapeWhileDashingThroTheSnow Fri 11-Jan-13 21:23:51

Not sure there's much wrong per se with older toddlers being looked after by older children. It's how typical families (WC ones anyway) functioned until pretty recently. The toddlers are still getting lots of social interaction.

Notcontent Fri 11-Jan-13 21:24:27

They seem lovely, bit let's face it, it is too may children!! You can't really give them much individual attention can you?

Oodhousekeeping Fri 11-Jan-13 21:24:32

Y to whoever said Morecambe is cheap. Ex care home might have meant it was cheaper.

VinegarDrinker Fri 11-Jan-13 21:24:40

I'm only one of 5 but my Mum swears the more she had the easier it got. We certainly had chores and helped a lot with the younger ones. There is 13 years from oldest to youngest in our family.

16 though..... Wow.

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 11-Jan-13 21:24:52

Blimey, I was preparing to be a bit judgey (as I think the Duggars are pretty dreadful, the way the oldest girls bring up the youngers..., and their religious views....)

But this lot are lovely. And the only thing that freaks me out a bit is quite how she still looks SO young!

alisarah Fri 11-Jan-13 21:24:59

Shotoespresso: I don't necessarily think it is an unhealthly thing for elder siblings to chip in with the raising of youngers??

SirBoobAlot Fri 11-Jan-13 21:25:26

Thought it was really fab... Until they said about removing the door handle so they kids couldn't get out of the room sad

VinegarDrinker Fri 11-Jan-13 21:25:39

I loved looking after the little ones.

BillyBollyBrandy Fri 11-Jan-13 21:25:43

She seems a lovely mum smile

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