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MP 008 : Large Families

“For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.”

– Teddy Roosevelt

Hernon Family

Being blessed with a large family is something that some couples long for and something that some couples don’t even expect! Having 10 children we have a pretty realistic perspective on having more than 5 kids (which seems medium-sized to us!) There are considerations to being open to having more kids that are deeper than “why not?” There are challenges that parents need to think about because we are co-creators with God and that is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. We know many people who have had an amazing experience growing up in a big family, but there are some people who were deeply scarred because their parents weren’t ready for what was coming. Parents can never forget that they have a responsibility to not just give life, but also educate that life as well. We would like to share our experience with you to encourage you to be intentional about planning for what lies ahead if God blesses you with a bunch of kids!

Show Notes:

 

“I guess the reasons against having more children always seemed uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life … each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart.”
– Jim Gaffigan

Comments 1

  1. Thank you so much for this podcast! I’ve recently had my 5th child and often wonder how I’m going to make it. We’ve also just begun learning NFP and while I’m really happy with our decision, it scares me to think of having more (right now). We are very open to life but the idea can be overwhelming at times. Also, I enjoyed that you said your 4 year old makes his own lunch, we have our kids doing a lot of things on their own and sometimes I just thought I was being a bad (lazy) parent but now I see that I’m helping them shape into little responsible people. Glad to hear that I’m not alone and that I don’t have to feel like a slave to my children.

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