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So how many *is* a larger family?

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sarah293 Fri 05-Jun-09 16:41:14

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LadyOfWaffle Fri 05-Jun-09 16:43:42

5 +

3 seems to be the new 2 and 4 is borderline


Northernlurker Fri 05-Jun-09 16:46:31

I have three and I wouldn't call it large - although there are some times when it feels bigger than others!
I think 4 + tbh.

You'd have to have 6 for me to consider you a BIG family though grin

McDreamy Fri 05-Jun-09 16:48:12

I have 3 and don't feel large. Def 4+

aGalChangedHerName Fri 05-Jun-09 16:50:35

I have 4 and i don't consider myself to have a large family tbh. I would say large is 5/6+.

Littlepurpleprincess Fri 05-Jun-09 16:51:06

I am the oldest of 7. That is a big family. I have nearly 30 cousins (lost count exaclty).

Blottedcopybook Fri 05-Jun-09 21:00:46

I have four and I feel like a Scout leader so I'd say four or more is large!

nancy75 Fri 05-Jun-09 21:03:31

my dad is 1 of 14, thats quite a big familygrin

Paolosgirl Fri 05-Jun-09 21:06:09

Having 3 doesn't feel large, but 4 definitely would. Having said that, if I had a)more money b)more space c)no need to work and d)outside help, then 4 or more wouldn't seem big to me.

I don't mean that I assume anyone with 4 or more automatically has all of the above btw! Wouldn't it be lovely though....<sigh>....

plimple Fri 05-Jun-09 21:10:25

Nowadays 4 is seen as big. In fact even when I was little I used to laugh at kids who were 1 of 4 and were thought of as having a big family.
I'm 1 of 9, 4 is nothing!!!

largeginandtonic Fri 05-Jun-09 21:13:12

4+ i think.

I noticed when i had four that we just didn't 'fit' in to the normal family slot. Car's and outings became an issue etc..

Barely notice now there are 7 wink

psychomum5 Fri 05-Jun-09 21:14:41

four or more IMO.

I know I definately fit it at 5grin

flamingobingo Fri 05-Jun-09 21:15:20

People describe us as a large family with 4 DCs. I think we're the larger end of normal, but I'd describe a truly large family as 5+ children I think.

supagirl Fri 05-Jun-09 21:34:18

I have 4 and 1 on the way. I felt the difference at 4 tbh - that's when people started the "you've got your hands full" and "don't you have a tv?" comments, so I guess that's when other people perceived us to be a large family! LOL

It's also when we had to get a bigger car and find we generally have to buy a family ticket plus one extra as most family tickets seem to be for upto 3 children.


crockydoodle Fri 05-Jun-09 22:59:52

4 is large for holidays when everything is geared to 2 adults and 2 children. (I have 4 and my hands are definitely full smile)

lockets Fri 05-Jun-09 23:06:43

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sarah293 Sat 06-Jun-09 08:49:55

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TeenyTinyToria Sat 06-Jun-09 08:55:56

5+ I think. I'm the oldest of 6 and my siblings are friends with a family of 7 - that's definitely a large family!

liahgen Sat 06-Jun-09 09:01:54

lots of families where I live with 4 children.

I have 5, am ttc#6 and probably do consider myself to have a large family.

4+ then I guess.

bronze Tue 09-Jun-09 15:56:12

I post on here as we have the larger family issues, cars etc but Ido think we're bottom of the range

bronze Tue 09-Jun-09 15:57:50

sorry have 4

bumpybecky Tue 09-Jun-09 15:58:52

I wanted 6 too and have (just about) settled at 4.

I don't think 4 is that many, but from the comments I've had it appears to be officially large. Or maybe it's just that I look very stressed?!

bronze Tue 09-Jun-09 16:01:07

becky I had to settle at four though would love more ( I know hes right financially really) he got his first all clear result back from the hospital this week and I felt sad

Peachy Tue 09-Jun-09 16:01:36

There are only a few other 4 child famillies here, none bigger, so 4 is larger.

Amongst my friends anything over 2 is though.

And my Dad was one of 16, maternal Grandad one of 11 (I have very common genes LOL)

so 4 is then nothing much

So in answer- it's relative

I think in all balance, if you need an MPV becuiase a regular car is too small, then you p[robably have a larger family

Rubyrubyrubyinthegame Tue 09-Jun-09 16:07:12

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