4 kids? Are you mad? 

4 kids? Are you mad? 

We.Are.Family (I got old my brothers & sisters with me)
We.Are.Family (I got old my brothers & sisters with me)

That’s right. I want 4 kids. Always have done. I’m the eldest of 5 and I love it. Although there are probably a million logical reasons why you should never have a large family in a million years. These are the reasons I have loved it:


  • The people who think you are bonkers clearly haven’t watch The Sound of Music. Aside from that whole Nazi Germany thing those kids are having a really good time.

  • Lots of brothers mates to fancy. Even though at the time you swore you didn’t.

  • It works two ways too you know. Your sisters mate = the ultimate forbidden fruit.

  • Good judgement of your abilities. I knew from young age that I was worse than average at singing. Although I still believe my rendition of Killing Me Softy has real potential.

  • Plays. You’ve got a pretty good ‘ready-made’ cast to work with. (Errr I get to be the lead role and the director- I’m the Oldest).

  • Same for card/board games.

  • Someone’s always got your back. At home, but also in the big wide world.

  • Easier to deal with your parents. 

  • Provided you can cope with the fact that they can’t remember ‘which one they told what to’, so sometimes you have to hear it 3+ times.

  • Family Holidays last for longer if you are the eldest.

  • More relaxed parent for the youngest. (I wasn’t allowed ‘up town’ until I could drive. While my sister was out raving at 15).

  • Power of attrition. If ALL of you campaign for something chances are you’ll get it. Puppy? Sega mega-drive? SkyTV-when-SkyTV-was-still-basically-the-most-groundbreaking-thing-ever.

  • Your kids get the benefit of LOADS of uncles and aunties. I can’t play guitar/kick a football but they can. Plus, they’ll be more than ready to lead their nephews astray in the future.

  • Ability to cook meals in huge portions – spag bol for 12? No problem. 

  • Open house. With so many humans living under one roof there’s always room for a few stragglers. You never know who you are going to bump into on the sofa in the morning.

  • “It wasn’t me’ – the more kids, the easier it is to get away with stuff. There’s no way that they can prove it was you who broke something/stole fags.

  • A study in nature vs nurture. How can each sibling be so similar yet so different? 

  • Superb zoning out skills. You think the modern open-office is noisy hard to concentrate in. A doddle compared to trying to hear yourself think in a house full of arguing/singing/hoovering.

  • Easier and easier labours? Not sure. But I imagine that by 4 or 5 you basically sneeze that baby out. 

  • Better still older siblings can do a bit of parenting. I gave bottles and changed nappies from such a young age. Then promptly forgot it when my own came along.

  • Aside from that my massive family taught me to be stand up for myself, to share, to not take myself too seriously, to ‘talk-things-out’, to make myself heard, to hide your favourite possessions and to eat everything (no cooking 5 different meals).

  • But mainly to be grateful for the 4 humans who love me unconditionally, and whom I have the pleasure of loving right back

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6 thoughts on “4 kids? Are you mad? 

  1. This is brilliant , I think my four would relate to a majority of this! My kids hate their siblings a lot of the time but they are best friends, stick up for each other at school and gang up on me most of the time !!! I’d go for two more !!

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  2. The more the better I think. Pregnancy hates me but we’ll go for at least one more, the love just multiplies and I like the idea of them all having a little gang unit for when Husband and I aren’t around any more (wail)

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