Posted December 23 2008 - 04:10 AM
I'm not really sure how I feel about this. On one hand, if they can properly parent and take care of 18 children financially, kudos to them! From what I have seen these children seem to be well behaved, well mannered and seem to all get along with eachother.
Personally, I don't think my uterus could handle popping out 18 kids, so close in age. That women has been pregnant constantly! I can't imagine how her body feels.
Sometimes when I see these large families, I think how nice it must be to always have people around, but I also feel like there has to be times when these kids feel like they have no privacy, no personal attention from parents or sometimes even completely ignored. It's hard parenting 2 kids, I cannot imagine trying to parent 18.
I like my small family of 4 + a dog. When we decided to have kids, we made the decision that I would stay home and raise our kids, instead of putting them in daycare or with a babysitter so I could work. I love being around my kids, hanging out with them and having quality time with them seperately or together. They are both well behaved, well mannered and so far I think my husband and I have done a kickass job raising them. For me personally, 18 would have been too hard.