Hey good mommas! Do you have a large family like me? Are you sick of people not knowing what NOT to say to a mom with a lot of kids?
Amid the living chaos that comes from having a large family, do you find yourself feeling sick of the stares and the SHADY comments from strangers while out in public or even your own family members?
My mother always taught me to always assume the good intentions of others, but hearing “Do they all have the same Dad” still stings coming from the 88-year-old grandma in the grocery line in front of us.
If you are reading this and if you have a large family or if you encounter a Mom with a lot of kids, here are 10 things to NOT say.
1. Are they all yours?
I sure hope so! It would be SUPER awkward to pick up extra kids I didn’t need while shopping at Costco.
2. Geeze! How do you feed this all?
I won’t sugar coat it. It’s not cheap to feed a large family well. But since you are so interested, would you like to volunteer to help get my 8-year-old to eat her broccoli?
Didn’t think so.
3. Irish Twins?
Nah. Just a cloning project that went wrong. And yes, I’ve heard the Irish Twins questions more than I can count.
4. Are you done? Glad I stopped at two!
*Blank Stare*. Good for you.
5. Are you like Catholic or Fundamentalist Mormon or something?
Not sure how my family’s religion is ANY of your business. But if you must know, we’re witches, anti-vaxxers, flat-earthers, and don’t see a problem with children taking candy from strangers in the park. NOT!
6. How do you deal with it? I could NEVER!
Sucks for you. Now, move so that I can get my coffee!
That’s how I deal with it. Get caffeinated, love hard and keep swimming. I am not some old miserable woman living in a shoe with her children.
7. You have more than one bathroom, right?
We tell the kids to dig a hole in the backyard in case of emergency. My 18th-month-old shares the cat’s litter box. It’s quite impressive.
8. You never call or have time to hang with the ladies!
Trust me, I often dream of chatting on the phone to talk about the latest episode of the Bachelorette. I would love to enjoy a Pedi with a glass of wine. Unfortunately, that also means our phone chat may be filled with my 4-year-old crying about his sister touching his Hot Wheels cars or me having to cart my tribe along for our girls time.
Who wants to be THAT lady in the nail salon? It’s not a pretty sight. And in case you’re wondering I do get my ME time, and I do have my own life, I just have to be a little more creative.
9. Ever heard of birth control?
Have you ever heard that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?
10. Your Sex life must be great!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME! I am mean, yeah, it’s great, but if you feel the need to make a statement like that, it sounds like I may be having more sex than you are.
Hope you all didn’t think this was a bit too snarky, but the comments and the looks can get the best of you sometimes. I just hope if you are the mom with a huge tribe you know that I got your back. We are in this together… it’s ugly some days but would we have it any other way??? NOPE!
So remember next time you see that momma with her large brood, know what NOT to say to a mom with a lot of kids! Everyone will feel a lot better.