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What are the best things about having a big family?

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BottySpottom Sun 09-Aug-09 00:31:12

I'm not sure that four counts as big, but I am wondering what you feel the great bits are. Thanks.

juuule Sun 09-Aug-09 10:09:58

Never a dull moment?hmm

Great when they are little as you see the world new again through their eyes.

Great whent they are older as they come home with lots of interesting stuff. I've found new interests in lots of things that my older children have come home enthusiastic about. They also provide different perspectives on things that I might never have considered.

christie2 Sun 09-Aug-09 12:38:56

When they all pile into my room on the bed with me. Watching them play together and really enjoying their company.

BottySpottom Mon 10-Aug-09 17:35:06

Oh dear, only two things? shock

Maybe everyone is so busy having fun with their larger families they haven't had time to answer [scratches head hopefully}.

Insanitybecomesme Mon 10-Aug-09 17:40:17

Watching the children interact with one another.

The chaosgrin

kittywise Mon 10-Aug-09 17:42:27

The sheer number of people and personalities

The sense of community you don't get in smaller units

I think christmas is especially magic when there are lots of children in the family.

Pollyanna Mon 10-Aug-09 18:02:44

watching the children interact with each other

that the children can play with each other and you don't have to entertain them

watching them all grow up and see their different personalities develop

handmedowns

conversations with all of them

family games

seeing all the different stages

danthe4th Thu 13-Aug-09 23:08:00

Walking down the street with people looking at the children laughing,holding hands and making lots of noise,I always feel so proud.

Always someone to talk to

Lots of school activities
to watch

Lots of fun and laughing

family outings

livening up quiet parties

Their friends

their lives, its just fun watching over them all growing up and going through the same stages.

benandoli Fri 14-Aug-09 15:31:30

I am an only child, as is my husband. As a result my 3 children have no aunties, uncles or cousins and whilst we get a lot of grandparent support it is very intense if you know what I mean! They will hopefully never have to put up with the intense pressure only children can have and when they are older and i am old they will have each other!

benandoli Fri 14-Aug-09 15:33:03

Agree with the feeling very proud when they are lovely together! Especially in the supermarket!

GaribaldiGirl Fri 14-Aug-09 19:00:55

making an enormous bowl of pasta and watching it being wolfed down in minutes.

christmas.

waking up on a saturday morning and hearing them all thundering about upstairs - so excited that they don't have to go to school.

seeing my baby in a little sleepsuit i remember my eldest wearing 10 years ago.

seeing them play together on the beach while i get to read a book in peace.

seeing their similarities and their differences.

watching them all run to meet me if i go away for a day.

taking them all out for a meal (if they behave) - it's like a birthday party every time.

all of it really. it's hard work but i feel so lucky.

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