The last large family topic posted was the comments that we receive about our family size.
Here's my take on it:
Of course, I get all of the same remarks as other parents of large families:
Don't you know how that happens?
Better you than me?
Are you "done"?
How do you do it?
You must be so patient!
I can barely handle my 2 (or 1, or 3 or ....)--I can't imagine 7!
Your grocery bill must be enormous!
You have a beautiful family. (This remark is often made by an older person, who then shares with me that they raised a large family, and how special it was/is.)
Your children are so well-behaved!
It doesn't even seem like there are 7 of them!
I am one of 7 (or 6 or 8 or....) and it was SO much fun! (I get this one a LOT, and only once have I had a young woman share that she did NOT like being part of a large family. I find this remark very affirming, that adults who were once children in a large family will take the time to stop and tell me how great it was.)
Overall, I get a lot of incredulous looks, but probably as many or more nice remarks as negative ones. Daryl, who works in a university setting, gets a lot of remarks, because academics in general have very few children, so he is truly an anomaly. Yet he is one of the most "productive" (pun intended!) in his field!
Not Having Fun
2 months ago