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how do larger fmalies have breakfast?

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FluffyMummy123 Sun 30-Mar-08 18:46:27

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princessosyth Sun 30-Mar-08 18:48:28

Get them to stand in a row with their mouths open. Chuck bits of bacon, sausages etc up in the air and get them to catch it in their mouths. PITA when you are doing cereal.

tassisssss Sun 30-Mar-08 18:48:40

i only have 2 so not a larger family, but i don't plan to change this when no 3 is born!

dh gives wee ones cereal while having his own and brings me a coffee. i have my shower and ignore them for as long as possible

i might remember to grab a piece of toast later on when they've all had...i usually have to share it with them

Blandmum Sun 30-Mar-08 18:49:45

My great garndmother and her two sisters had 63 children between them.

She had 11 children who reached adulthood and during ww2 had over 20 close male relatives in active service.

FluffyMummy123 Sun 30-Mar-08 18:50:21

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Nbg Sun 30-Mar-08 18:50:36

fooooooookin nora MB!

FluffyMummy123 Sun 30-Mar-08 18:50:44

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Blandmum Sun 30-Mar-08 18:51:06

i had to leave the Valley to mate, I was related to almost everyone living there........

Blandmum Sun 30-Mar-08 18:51:40

I've found the 11 on the census records

tassisssss Sun 30-Mar-08 18:52:06

(just realised you didn't really want to know blush)

Blandmum Sun 30-Mar-08 18:52:35

Not all of the 63 lived.

My father was one of 6, but only 3 of them lived to adult hood.

We forget just how lucky we are

motherinferior Sun 30-Mar-08 18:52:44

But 16 divided by 3 is...well...lots. Masses. Jeezlouise. Around 20 pregnancies each?

Blandmum Sun 30-Mar-08 18:53:06

and all single births

Blandmum Sun 30-Mar-08 18:54:19

not impossible when you think that they were getting married at around 18 or so. No contraception, and the age of the menopause was the same then as it is now, at around 50.

motherinferior Sun 30-Mar-08 18:55:44


One of my neighbours has seven kids, and has had a few miscarriages as well. She looks bloody good on it. And I happen to know she is exactly the same age as me because we discovered last week we'd been to infant school together.

Blandmum Sun 30-Mar-08 18:57:50

They were just bloody fertile!

My grandfather started work in the pit at 12 (I sound like one of the 4 yorkshire men from monty python now!)

My great gran couldn't read and write. The difference between my life and hers is almost beyond measuring.

motherinferior Sun 30-Mar-08 18:59:27

<sighs with lefty envy>

My family is posh as far back as you want to go. It's so shaming.

Cappuccino Sun 30-Mar-08 19:01:01

I have a very similar life to my grandmother, who was a weaver in Yorkshire

I just sit in a chair and moan all day

it's uncanny really

madje2 Sun 30-Mar-08 19:01:42

my dhs gran was one of 13 too 12 girls and 1 boy poor lad. All reached adult and many still alive one great aunt is 102.

Blandmum Sun 30-Mar-08 19:02:05

Ahem, my father was given the TUC Gold Medal.

and he was made an honorary member of the NUM for his work for them in the Strike.

My leftie credentials are impeccable, but somewhat tarnished ! grin

DarthVader Sun 30-Mar-08 19:02:45

obviously the key is don't do breakfast every day for every child, put 'em on a rota system

missmama Sun 30-Mar-08 19:06:06

You dont have to go that far back either.
My Mum is one of 12, she was only 60 this year.

missmama Sun 30-Mar-08 19:06:56

But I do believe they were so poor they couldnt afford breakfast wink

fizzbuzz Sun 30-Mar-08 19:29:20

My mum was one of 8. They only lived in a tiny house, with a small table.

They used to eat in shifts or sittings

Squirdle Sun 30-Mar-08 20:08:32

They probably eat breakfast with a spoon, much the same as the rest of us....grin

Squirdle Sun 30-Mar-08 20:09:12

Or a knife and fork dependant on what they have I suppose.

TsarChasm Sun 30-Mar-08 20:14:58

Limit the choice. Toast or cereal.

Don't do what grandma (my mum) does when they're at hers. 'Now darlings what would you like....?' Open ended choices are baaad. Dc come back with tales of the oddest breakfasts (chicken soup) at grandmas hmm

cazboldy Mon 31-Mar-08 09:55:18

PMSL @ Cappucino grin

Psychomum5 Mon 31-Mar-08 10:15:24

trying to ignore all this lot with their super arge families (altho my dad came from a family of 13shock {only 9 survived tho}, and DH's grandma and grandad also came from families of 12+ toowink)....breakfast tips......

holidays is a free-for-all. Ie, I lay in bed as they get up and go and make their own breakfast as they want......well....if we have no plans for the day that is!

school days.....I used to put out all the bowls and cereals the night before, and then just put the milk and juice out when I come down in the morning, but it has been getting ever more common for them to have toast/pancakes/croissonts/fruit and yoghurts instead, so I have now stopped that.

breakfast seems fairly easy and calm for me, BUT I am aware that it is just from my own perspective as I am clearly used to a certain amount of mayhem and disorder anywaywinkgrin.

I have my coffee tho before any of them get up, so I am already fueled up for them!!

and, on school days, we all start getting up at 6.45 and jumping in the shower so at times breakfast can be slightly staggered, due ot each getting ready seperately.

oh, plus my older girls leave the house at 7.55, before the smaller ones start, so in a way, tis 2 eating and then 3, so not soooooooo manic.

Twitmonster Mon 31-Mar-08 12:22:40

ds1 makes cereal for ds2 and dd while i dress the little twits and --shout at-- ask ds2 to hurry up and get dried and dressed then i feed babytwit while the others are eating/finishing theirs and ds2 puts bowls etc ready in dishwasher. I will make toast or pancakes if required and if they have got enough time.

that is a school day of course at weekends and holidays its a free for all and good luck to them.
for me personally teatime is the nightmare time.

Peachy Mon 31-Mar-08 12:27:46

Nan ahd 16 that lived to adulthood (several didnt survice the war though- think 12 made it apst that event).

Think they used to just get what they could and make do.... bread, jam if they were lucky; dinner was Salmon from the local rivers if they could poach it, and sometimes hedgehog. They also had a dog trained to steal food- someone on MN had a go at me for that once becuase of course I ahd a say 27 years before I was born LOL (dad second youngest)

However- for more normal famillies- ds's eat at table in mornings, DH gets back from work at 6.45 so not involved, I grab coffe and brekky in front of the news.

largeginandtonic Mon 31-Mar-08 17:00:10

20 pregnancies each, good lord.

Although i am at #6 and trying for #7 i cannot fathom the mayhem with that many children.

DH has said 12 sounds like a good number, he would, he is not the one reaching new levels of baby body destruction, pain and suffering each time i become pregnant.

lostinfrance Mon 31-Mar-08 17:02:54

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Blandmum Mon 31-Mar-08 17:06:38

With my great gran, not all the children survived, and it was taken as read that they older girls would spend a large amount of the time looking after the younger children. The boys were wolking with their father from the age of 12 onwards, so there was no taking to school, or dropping off at out of school activities!

It was more like having 'blocks' of families IYSWIM. By 12 they were expected to be largly self sufficient, and wage earning.

At 14 my aunt went to London on the train from southwales to move in with a family as a maid......and we worry if they can go to a party at that age!

policywonk Mon 31-Mar-08 17:10:30

MB, I'm really beginning to wonder whether we're related. My maternal grandparents are from Ogmore, but I'm pretty sure there's some Rhondda a bit further back.

Blandmum Mon 31-Mar-08 17:12:12

Shit, you are my long lost sister! grin

My cousin's dh is from Ogmore!. Just over the mountain from us.

Griff Rhys Jones' family is from Ogmore

There's posh!

policywonk Mon 31-Mar-08 17:13:19

Oh yes, deeply posh grin

I've climbed up the Bwlch, you know. It very nearly did for me.

Blandmum Mon 31-Mar-08 17:14:40

Shit, so have I!

I did it with guides.

It nearly killed me. I think that it acrually would kill me nowerdays.

policywonk Mon 31-Mar-08 17:17:08

I did it with stoners. grin I remember that there was an ice-cream van at the top, despite it being feckin freezing up there. And some feral sheep.

Blandmum Mon 31-Mar-08 17:20:00

Those sheep where clever. I can, if you like, tell you a story about them!.

policywonk Mon 31-Mar-08 17:26:50

Go on then.

Blandmum Mon 31-Mar-08 18:30:10

(paused while I went and fetched my kids in)

The sheep were kept on the mountianside by a cattle grid, but the drop underneath the grid was only about 8 inches deep. The sheep figured this out and would walk in between the bars.

the farmers then lowered the grid so the sheep could no longer do this without getting stuck. The sheep then learned to roll over the grid!

Rhondda sheep. Cunning little buggers!

policywonk Mon 31-Mar-08 21:02:59

(paused to make dinner, eat dinner, wash dishes, wash children, put children to bed, attend PTA meeting)

grin Actually, I'm sure I've heard that story before - probably about the same sheep. The ones I met tried to steal my ice-cream.

Never try to take an ice-cream off a stoner who's just climbed a steep hill. Things turn nasty.

Flum Tue 01-Apr-08 22:52:56

Well DD1 lays the table with a cloth and flowers and napkins in silver napkin holders with the 5 children and our initials on.
Me , DD2 and dd3 prepare breakfast
Mondays: boiled eggs and soldiers
Tuesdays: Homemade muffins and bacon
Wednesdays: Porridge
Thursdays: Cheese, ham and home made bread
FridaysL kippers and poached eggs.
Saturdays: Sausage and Egg mcmuffins - out of course
Sundays: Brunch: sausages, hashbrowns, poached eggs, beans, tomatoes at about half 10.

DSs clear up and wash up.

DH sits around looking smug and fertile.

we all skip out in our matching curtain outfits singing our way to school.

Its wonderful, truly wonderful.

Rosbo Thu 03-Apr-08 01:47:17

LOL at Flum.

TBH, I don't think my DD's aged 15 & 18 even have breakfast on school days as I tell them they're old enough to make it themselves as I have the LO's to look after!

At 15 & 18 they're old enough to make their own brekky if they want it are they not? If they became anorexic then I'd be worried. But they're not. Occasionally if the nanny is in early she'll make them something.

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