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Old 11-01-2013, 22:19
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Lovely to see a big, well adjusted family. What a great support system they'll have around them throughout life. The kids seem lovely, and are nicely turned out. Parents in a long term marriage, working hard in and out of the home, living frugally and preparing home made meals and packed lunches. The Jeremy Kyle section of society should take notes.
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Old 11-01-2013, 22:21
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Imagine how much Child Benefit money they must get They would be buggered if it went down to only getting it for 2 children.

How do they afford it all with a Bakery business
Bakery businesses can do quite well for themselves if they have their own shop selling pies, pasties etc and also supply bread/barms etc to the local area daily. And if you can get well established in the area and get some good contracts it can be a good business model. He clearly works hard at the business.

Plus it wasn't like they weren't having to budget responsibly too. They pointed out how they use cloth nappies to save money.. and don't drink, smoke or go out socialising.. and also do things with food to make it stretch etc. No expensive car on the drive etc. No loans or credit cards either. I saw no evidence they were living beyond their means.. just two adults making difficult decisions to support the large family they've decided to have.

It was a refreshing change from what we're usually shown. Good on them I say.
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Old 11-01-2013, 22:22
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I thought they seemed a very happy family and I was well impressed how the parents took everything in their stride and very calm. It obviously rubbed off on the kids because although they had their mad moments rolling about etc they did all know to keep quiet when Mum was on the phone.

160 a week in child benefit wouldn't go far on that lot would it?

I am another who would have liked a bit more explanation of how they coped financially and what their weekly food bills etc came to.

When I was growing up there were several families in our area with 8 and 10 kids but I can't remember any as large as 16.
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Old 11-01-2013, 22:32
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Take it the "B" word stood for "Benefits"? You've got to hand it to the guy for supporting the family off his own efforts
Yes, very refreshing to see such a massive family being able to look after themselves.

I liked the bit when noel worked out how much the dinner cost, 50p each! bargin.

I just hope some folk out there take a lesson from his books about how to prepare a proper meal (not junk) very cheaply.
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Old 11-01-2013, 22:44
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They seem like a decent family but even the kids look like they think their mum is nuts for having 16 children, my mum is one of 7 and it put her off for life she can never understand what possess people too keep having so many, it does beg the question when is it time to stop though, each to their own I guess but I can understand peoples reaction.
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Old 11-01-2013, 22:54
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It also goes to show that people who I know who have one kid but both parents work full time and earn >60,000 so are having child benefits cut, are unlikely to starve to death.
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Old 11-01-2013, 23:01
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Gawd I'm exhausted just watching this lot....Best of luck to them I say, two children was enough for me!
Casper looks huge,did they say how big he was?
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Old 11-01-2013, 23:12
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I have respect for this family. none smokers, none drinkers, do not go out socializing at all
no credit cards, no fancy cars. clean honest living. and all seem quite bright too. bloody hard work bringing all these kids up. there choice though.
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Old 11-01-2013, 23:16
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the mum seems to be addicted to having kids yes they are mostly well behaved kids but 16 kids why?.
I don't care what the mum says you can't possibly give enough attention to every single child.
they seem like they can't really afford it since the dad was saying how tight money is yet it will be even worse with more and more children.
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Old 11-01-2013, 23:59
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the mum seems to be addicted to having kids yes they are mostly well behaved kids but 16 kids why?.
I don't care what the mum says you can't possibly give enough attention to every single child.
they seem like they can't really afford it since the dad was saying how tight money is yet it will be even worse with more and more children.
One of the smaller boys (10 yr old i think) said he expects to be forgotton about when his mum has another kid (it was when they were talking about how many kids mum will have and they said she could have 20.
I thought it was sad that the boy thought he might fade into the background, so to speak, when another child comes long.
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Old 12-01-2013, 00:02
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I found the whole thing sad
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Old 12-01-2013, 00:25
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I noticed that the oldest child didn't take part in the show at all. I presume he got as far away from the madhouse as soon as he could!
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:49
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160 a week in total
& presumably some family tax credit too, unless he's raking it in?

I wasn't sure, but was the daughter who had baby daisy still living at home? Only caught the last 20 minutes?
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:03
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& presumably some family tax credit too, unless he's raking it in?

I wasn't sure, but was the daughter who had baby daisy still living at home? Only caught the last 20 minutes?
Yes, they said she was living downstairs.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:13
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I am sure they are a wonderful family but can't see its possible to give 16 kids equal love or attention no matter what anyone says

how can they help with the homework? it would be impossible

for anyone to want 16 kids there has to be something going on with the parents (a need to love or something?) and I don't mean it has to be a bad thing and I am not saying the kids aren't loved. I guess it is just a more shared love which may or may not be a good thing
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:14
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Yes, they said she was living downstairs.
Yes, they were moving into the basement.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:28
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They weren't the most exciting family - the parents didn't have much personality and only ever talked about kids, how many loads of washing, pints of milk and bread they had to buy.....who cares!! I have to buy 6 pints a week and a loaf every 3 days or so.....wow wasn't that thrilling
At least Jim and Michelle Duggar in America have interesting things to say and do and their show is interesting to watch
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:12
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Bakery businesses can do quite well for themselves if they have their own shop selling pies, pasties etc and also supply bread/barms etc to the local area daily. And if you can get well established in the area and get some good contracts it can be a good business model. He clearly works hard at the business.

Plus it wasn't like they weren't having to budget responsibly too. They pointed out how they use cloth nappies to save money.. and don't drink, smoke or go out socialising.. and also do things with food to make it stretch etc. No expensive car on the drive etc. No loans or credit cards either. I saw no evidence they were living beyond their means.. just two adults making difficult decisions to support the large family they've decided to have.

It was a refreshing change from what we're usually shown. Good on them I say.
I wonder if they are the only bakery so get all the business.

It was weird that they buy shop sliced bread rather than their own

This family were in another programme last year with other families that had around the same amount of children. This family shined through ..

An amazing family.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:54
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Yes, they said she was living downstairs.
Is there are boyfriend/partner involved?

Don't get me wrong, seemed like a lovely family , clean, well behaved. But surely they could have educated their children about contraception? Do the girls think that their only option in life is to have babies?
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:56
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I think the Mum is addicted to pregnancy, but it would seem she has fairly straightforward pregnancies, in the main.

I would just worry about who would look after the kids when/if something happens to you, her parents seemed to find it chaotic while she was in hospital, but then who wouldn't find babysitting that lot daunting, even with help from the older kids and teenagers?
At the beginning of the program, Sue's Dad said Sophie was his favourite, hmm, I wasn't keen on him saying that out loud.
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Old 12-01-2013, 14:25
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One of the smaller boys (10 yr old i think) said he expects to be forgotton about when his mum has another kid (it was when they were talking about how many kids mum will have and they said she could have 20.
I thought it was sad that the boy thought he might fade into the background, so to speak, when another child comes long.
I dont think thats actually what he said though,he said he thinks that she will keep having kids to replace the older ones as they grow up and leave,which is also very sad in its own way,but not the same as being forgotten about when a new one comes along.
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Old 12-01-2013, 16:39
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Is there are boyfriend/partner involved?

Don't get me wrong, seemed like a lovely family , clean, well behaved. But surely they could have educated their children about contraception? Do the girls think that their only option in life is to have babies?
Yes, her she has been with her partner for 2 years. She said Daisy was an accidental pregnancy.

They will both be living in the basement with Daisy.
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Old 12-01-2013, 16:49
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I thought they were a very nice family, the Dad seemed very very patient - you would need to be. The kids were lovely, reasonably well behaved and thought it cute the way they shared beds even though they didn't have to. But imo it's just too many kids I had two and found them for the most part a pleasure, but any more and I don't think I would have - too much work
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Old 12-01-2013, 16:52
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Is there are boyfriend/partner involved?

Don't get me wrong, seemed like a lovely family , clean, well behaved. But surely they could have educated their children about contraception? Do the girls think that their only option in life is to have babies?
I was shocked at that and if it was an accident it's a shame as they are both so young she is 18 and he 19.
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Old 12-01-2013, 17:01
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There is definitely a lot of love in the family, and the unit works, but you need more than that. Currently, the one getting the most satisfaction is the mother. Unfortunately, until the older ones drop away, they will most likely (not for certain) raise average children who won't get that push or support from their parents to aim higher. The children will have to do it off their own backs, and I guess some will have that natural talent or passion, but the parents won't have the time themselves for that extra push and support.

The three younger children will at least go through school then college or university or vocational studies etc. with more attention in 10-12 year's time.

It will be interesting to see what each child will go on to do with their lifes.
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