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Wow, did anybody read about this family from Arkansas with 16 kids now? That's awesome that they can do that but wow.<br><br>
Would any of you have 16 kids if the environment was providing?<br><br><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9680098/" target="_blank">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9680098/</a><br>
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No way would I have 16 kids!<br><br>
After being single for over 4 years, I would say I'd enjoy "trying" to have 16 kids though!!! :LOL :LOL :LOL
 

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I about keeled over when I saw that on the news. They just had #15 LAST year. All I can say is Oh my. I can't IMAGINE popping babies out like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
And NO I would NOT have 16 kids, or 14, 12, 10, or 8, even 6 would be a stretch to me. Four will be PLENTY!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'll be the oddball and say I'd love to have lots of kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> 16 might be stretching it a bit though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> I'm with MsChatsAlot though.... I wouldn't mind "trying" or "practicing" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Don't think I'll ever make it to 16 though.... I started too late and had/am having too big of a break <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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WOW that lady has been pregnant for about 18 years straight! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"> I can't imagine having that many children. I wouldn't be able to do it, for many reasons.<br><br>
1. I don't think I would have enough time in a day to be a good mom to 16 kids. I couldn't possibly give them enough attention.<br>
2. I'd have to drive a school bus to fit them all in.<br>
3. 16 kids, imagine what that would do to your body? It can't be good.<br>
4. I certainly could not afford it.<br>
5. I probably couldn't manage it because I would breasfeed and had natural infertility with DS until he was about 2.<br>
6. Can you imagine cooking dinner and doing laundry for that many people?<br><br>
But I would like to have 3 or 4 children, that is a lot to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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haha one is a lot for me! i look forward to more but not yet!! 16 i could never ever do that..
 

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I'd love to have heaps of kids. But only if I knew for sure that I would be financially secure enough to do it! (oh yeah, and I agree, I wouldn't mind practicing either <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )
 

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I would have to say a solid NO for me having 16 children. The most I<br>
believe I could handle is 4, all 6 years apart. :LOL<br><br>
But with this family it's very different. They live things very old school.<br>
All the siblings have jobs within the family to keep everything going.<br>
I watched the Discovery channel program on them and was surprised<br>
at how smoothly everything is done in this family. Plus that all the kids<br>
really enjoy coming from such a large family.<br><br>
But come on, do all the names have to start with J, that has to be<br>
confusing for neighbors and family. I have always thought that all<br>
siblings with the same first initial is corny.
 

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Don't think I'd be up to 16 kids...though a few more would be nice one day!! Much as I LOVED being pregnant and giving birth, though, I'll foster/adopt in the future...cause there's too many kids that need homes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think in about 3/4 years I'll be ready to foster...
 

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Um, no. I'm loving every minute of being momma to 4 kiddos, but I am very very done!!!<br>
I sure wouldn't mind trying though...but I guess it wouldn't really be trying if I was using birth control... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Sigh. It's been such a long time...
 

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I would like to have many kids, I always thought 5 sounded nice, but after meeting a family with 9 (and becoming friends with them) I think I would even like 10, but not 16, because my babies need their nummies. I would need to breastfeed each of them until they were like 3, probably wouldn't be able to get pregnant until the last one was 2.hmmmmm.... And practicing, good point! Being single for "a whole year and a half", I'm dying over here! :LOL No really I would like to have a set of twins or 2 if was going to have a whole tribe like that. I better hurry up and find me a man if I'm going to have a bunch of kids. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief">
 

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I forgot to mention, I come from a family of 7 and I loved it growing up. And now I'm the only one out the nest. Unfortunately my mother didn't figure out that her children could help around the house until they were almost all teenagers. But now they do everything (she's single so she pays the bills) my mom doesn't have to worry about cooking, laundry, cleaning, even sending off the bills nad balancing the checkbook(they all homeschool so there learning life skills too). It's totally not anything like the Von-trap family either, they all gladly and gratefully do their part. Their mentality is they all have to work together to keep the ship afloat (it probably helps with self-esteem feeling like they are an important, needed member of the family, I've noticed that a lot of kids these days don't feel like they have any purpose so maybe that's part of the reason they do the things they do)
 

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this family "blanket-trains" (which is a fancy way to say that they switch them into obedience) their children into obedience and they have no childhood it is all taken up in work.<br><br>
Would I personally have 16 kids? No way. It is not fair to them (or to my body).<br><br>
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to each his own. they are happy, healthy. the kids are happy and healthy. and since they homeschool she has a lot more time with her 16 kids then some moms have with their one kid. i am in awe of them!
 

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no i would not do it that way. i would much rather go mia farrow's way. and if i had the resources and help i would definitely raise 16 children. mia farrow raised what 14 kids but i cant remember how many were biological. three or four?!! she had a hard childhood too. i would love any child whether i gave birth to them or not. if my pregnancies were easy i can see going thru many of them. but not sure how i could possibly be preggo, nurse and take care of the other kids. its just me. if someone can do it and be comfortable with that, more power to them. i cannot do it myself.
 
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