Answers to Comments About the Size of Your Large Family

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Comments About the Size of Your Large Family

Ever since 4.0 came into the picture I’ve gotten use to receiving comments from complete strangers and although I know most are trying to be funny or witty, to most moms with a lot of kids they can be downright annoying. Now that I’m pregnant with 5.0 these comments have become even more frequent and I get it. Nothing makes more people open their mouths and have diarrhea of the mouth more then when they see a woman with a pregnant belly walk by with 4 little ducklings behind her. However, when you’re dealing with a woman with a lot of a kids or a pregnant woman with a lot of kids don’t be surprised if you get some equally witty answers;)

So mamas with big families, here’s a compilations of comebacks I’ve used or at least thought of when faced with the inevitable comment from strangers.


Are they all yours?

-No I enjoy going through the neighborhood picking up stray children and bringing them to the store with me. There’s nothing more enjoyable than shopping with all these kids.

-No I’ve collected random children and use them for various tasks around the house. Cheaper than getting a maid.




You know what causes that don’t you?

-No,apparently I don’t but when I find out you’ll be the first one I tell. 😀

-What causes what? Doesn’t the stork drop them off?


Are you done?

-Nope, still waiting for the perfect child.

-Nope still waiting for one that looks like me (And yes that’s what I usually answer because they’re all carbon copies of the hubby)

-Nope still waiting to get a call for a reality show, how else are we going to put them through college.

-Nope this is part of my diversified retirement plan, odds are one will be rich.

-Nope I need a few more to start a nice little sweat shop in our garage.



Do they have the same father?(YES they’ve asked me that before)

Usually I just stare at the person but in my mind I say “No, I like to pick out my kid’s fathers based on looks and ethnicity, creating the super child.” Still haven’t found it but will let you know what the perfect blend is 😀

You have your hands full!

-Not really I baby wear. Hand’s free Baby!

-Just doing my part to populate the world with a better quality of human.

Don’t you have a TV?

-If you think TV is better than the alternative then maybe you’re doing something wrong.

-If I didn’t have a TV I would have 2o.


Having a big family is not for everyone, I know  the thought alone will make many women’s ovaries physically  jump out of their body.  However, I wouldn’t change the chaos and fun for anything in the world. Most important I can’t for a second imagine my life without any of these kids.  Either way I know most people mean well and they’re just amazed at the shear awesomeness moms with lots of kids emanate. So enjoy the kids enjoy the chaos and enjoy the shock value your family brings to all those around you 🙂 No one ever said I wish I hadn’t had so many kids 🙂

PS: We should remember that as much as we hate people making comments about our large families, people with small families or one child hate comments directed at them. Many times the size of their family is beyond their control. I remember when the hubby and I couldn’t get pregnant I had someone come up to me on Mothers’ day and tell me “I can’t wish you A Mother’s day because you’re not even a mother” That killed me because they didn’t know we were trying so hard and 3 years after getting married still hadn’t been able to have a family. SO moral of the story don’t assume. 😀

What are some answers you’ve given people when they’ve made comments about the size of your  family?


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  • Reply text twist

    Thanks for the helpful information you shared with us.

    July 30, 2019 at 12:25 am
  • Reply Dina Templeman

    I have 13 kids, with most now grown and out of the home, and only 3 left at home. Usually when asked how many kids I have, and I say 13, most people just don’t know what to say, so that solves that problem, LOL!! I love having a big family!

    May 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      Haha! I wish I had more people go speechless with my 6!! HAHA Maybe I need to have a few I love having a big family too!

      May 16, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    May 29, 2017 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply CLB

    Have you ever had someone ask you “do you run a daycare?”
    I have friends who have big families and that is a question they get.

    November 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply Darcy

      I got the “you know how that happens” at the grocery store one day (5 kids) I just said “yep!! Taught high school biology for 14 years… which part did you need me to clarify for you?” The lady almost passed out on the spot 😂

      May 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Mary M.

    I usually pick on my hubby, yes he has been there a few times, and jokinglyrics say I slept through the whole thing. Otherwise I just tell them I wouldn’t trade it for the world or that we still had empty seats in our mini van. ?

    November 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Tiffany L

    My husband is a police officer and I tell them I’m working on my own department!

    May 14, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    People are curious by nature. Yes, some of these questions are rude and intrusive, but others are just genuine curiosity about a site that isn’t seen as often anymore. Larger families are not the norm anymore. I’ve got two kids of my own but have spent lots of time watching my 3 young brothers. I often get the “are they all yours” question but was never offended by it. I took it as a compliment, as in, “you look too young to have so many kids.” Maybe it’s more annoying if you get questions constantly, but in general I think people mean well and are just curious and trying to make conversation.

    January 31, 2016 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Jenny S.

    I’m from a family of 12 children. All from the same parents, no twins, 18 years from oldest to youngest.
    You can only guess at how many looks, pointing fingers and comments we got while growing up! The most common question we were asked was “Are you catholic?”. I never understood that till I was older.
    I have 2 little ones and expecting our third soon. To me, 3 children is very few but we’ve already had rude comments such as “You know, those things are expensive!” “I guess I’m happy if you guys are.” Etc. Those are from my hubby’s mother and grandmother!
    What’s wrong with people??
    Oh well. I love my children and hope to have more! 🙂

    December 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Jessica W.

    Haha I love it!!! I am always stared at when I am out and about with all my kids. Normally no one says anything but I’ll have these in my back pocket for if they do 😉

    November 20, 2015 at 12:07 am
  • Reply Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    When people ask us if we know what causes “that”, my hubby tells them that we do know, and we’re really good at it! haha

    Lately the one that annoys me is “You’re outnumbered!” Sure, from a math standpoint we are, but my kids aren’t exactly running wild here.

    October 8, 2015 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Audrey G.

    Who are these people? I would never ask rude questions like these. Must be so annoying.

    October 7, 2015 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply jamie davis

    We only have one little with one on the way and a big family doesn’t appeal to us but kudos to those who enjoy a lot of kids! And I love a good snarky comeback. How about this one…..”they just followed us home one day, you know what they say about feeding them! And now They just won’t leave!” Or maybe something like ” yes, they’re all mine, people get really upset when you try to take theirs!”

    August 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Danielle Royalegacy

    I had six altogether with my hubby of 31+ years. I got it from family suggesting that I slept around because each of the kids look different. With my grandmother stating that one, that really got me mad.

    Then I got that the world was overpopulated by my aunt and uncle. I just told them that with all the abortions in the world me having a few extra just won’t hurt at all.

    June 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Pinedo

    Hilarious how everyone thinks it’s their business to comment on other peoples’ lives! We’re on the “You don’t have kids yet? Have you started trying??” side of the fence, which is just as rude, believe me. My husband & I have a very happy intimate life, thanks for asking!!

    June 3, 2015 at 7:43 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      People always have an opinion 🙁 Blah!

      June 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I grew up with 4 sisters and my mom got a lot of these!

    June 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Kari B

    I absolutely LOVE this! Thanks so much for writing it. I am currently 18wks along with our 5th and we havent told anyone! I hate hearing peoples responses. It is suppose to be a time of celebration!!

    June 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Jessica Lodge

    I was an only child and hated it!! That is why I’m on baby #5. I LOVE having a big family, and you’re right nobody ever says I wish we didn’t have so many kids. I do think though that some people are just curious when it comes to large families as it isn’t as much the “norm” anymore. They just need to find less rude ways to express their curiosity.

    April 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply krista williams

    My best friend in my neighborhood had a large family.She was the youngest of 9.There was never a dull moment and she got more than enough attention.The Walton’s was always a favorite t v. show for me and the fact that they were a large family made it more interesting.

    April 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Alicia C

    #2 is on the way for us, finally. I would love to have another one or two, but since we’re older that possibility is getting smaller and smaller. Count your blessings – literally!

    April 1, 2015 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Joanne Gregory

    My youngest is adopted from Korea. We got a lot of comments! I think people are just making conversation.

    March 30, 2015 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Sue M.

    I don’t have any kids myself, but I figure as long as the family can afford to support them, it’s their own business how many kids they want to have and they don’t owe any explanation (they certainly don’t owe an explanation to total strangers)! (Someone like Octomom, on the other hand, is a whole different story, IMO)!

    March 30, 2015 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Leela

    We have 7 and the comments and stares can seem non stop sometimes. We moved to an area recently where people are much less rude and actually say nice things. I had to laugh the other week when someone said I had a little tribe. Sometimes you can have a little fun with it depending on your mood.

    March 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Deborah D

    I think having a big family is nice.

    March 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Carol L

    Great comebacks. I had 7 , first 3 were 9 and half months apart then within the next 3 years had 2 more. The last 2 were each 7 years apart. So I have children from their mid 40’s and the baby is 27 :). After awhile I just ignored them but it always amazed me how people would just walk up to me and say these things. I’d hear things like don’t you have tv ? Or, are they all yours ? Or a pitiful look and the words God bless you. To that I’d say he already has don’t you think or you have so many kids and I ‘d say yes and aren’t you glad you don’t have to support them. But like you said. I couldn’t imagine my life without a single one. Congrats on # 5. )
    Carol L

    March 28, 2015 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Carrie F

    I have 7 kids, biiological and adopted, and I dont mind the questions and stares at all. These give great opportunities to share the joys of having a large family and the desperate need for people to adopt children from foster care. Instead of sarcasm (althought the comments above are funny) joy-filled answers are are so much kinder and help combat the negative ideas about large families.

    March 28, 2015 at 7:26 am
  • Reply kaye steeper

    5 kids between us with and an age span of 4 years , people used to look at us like we were a freak show , now they are teens and 20s and the grandkids have started it looks a bit like a zoo on tour , many more grandkids to come i hope, cant wait

    March 28, 2015 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Sharlene Battaglia

    Same boat here!! 5.0 is due in july and the things pwople say make me laugh so hard, but at the same time I find some of it very rude!

    March 27, 2015 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply terry myers

    I have two children 1 boy 1 girl 4 grandchildren and another on the way

    March 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Whenever I tell people I’m the youngest of 9 I usually get this response: “From the same mom and dad”?
    Ughhh. I have 4 kids myself and it’s amazing the looks and comments I get….but 4 is NOT a lot of kids in my opinion. Being the youngest of 9 has taught me a lot.

    March 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Natalie Nichols

    I come from a huge family. 7 siblings on one side and 10 on the other. I don’t really care what anyone thinks.

    March 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply joanna reed

    I had a great laugh. I have four boys and we always get remarks.

    March 27, 2015 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply vickie couturier

    I have 2 and they are 10 yrs and6 months apart,,just happened that way ,,and I got asked all the time they got the same father,,and i would unfortuanately yes,,that ususally shut them up,,lol,

    March 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply tove Maren

    i love these.
    My personal best response to: “are you done?” Was “nope, I’m on my way home to make another!”

    Thinking of you – hope you are feeling awesome! 😉

    March 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply Joy

      If there was a like button for this comment, I would push it. That come back is simply brilliant!

      June 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    I think large families are great. I had three boys and wish I would have had more. You go girl. This is a good thing

    March 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah Laskowski

    Thanks for sharing these!! I had a good laugh, if only I could remember them on the spot!!! Never do! Usually I’m with my younger 5 girls, the 4 older boys don’t like to hang out with us much any more, 2 have already left the house… So when we get stopped & asked about the 5 girls, my girls all chime in that there’s 4 more!!! They don’t miss a beat! Love having a large family!!

    March 27, 2015 at 11:21 am
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