This week’s Large Family of the Week have a different story to tell. Mum Caroline unexpectedly found herself with a large family after tragedy struck. Find out more about this beautiful family here:
Introduce us to your family (names and ages & tell us a bit about yourselves):
Andrew 14, Chantelle 13, Dj 12, Collette 12, Rayann 8, Raymond 6,
Do you consider your family to be large? If not, what do you think is the magic number which turns an average sized family into a large one?
Did you ever think you would have a large family?
No!! I took my sisters 3 children on when I was 18. At the time Andrew was 2 half yr,Chantelle 16-months-old & Collette was 4-weeks-old. Their mam – my sister – died at the age of 25 after a pulmonary embolism 4 weeks after birth my eldest was 4 half months. I wouldn’t change them for the world – they’re all my kids.
What is your best moneysaving tip?
To do family activities that dont cost anything.
What is your best tip for organisation?
What is your favourite recipe?
Do you cook the same meal for everyone or cater for different tastes?
No, I do most of my meals in the slow cooker. We eat the same or don’t eat. I can’t afford to make different meals.
What is the best thing about having a large family?
There’s never a dull moment. And they all have someone to talk to or play with.
And what is the most difficult?
Being on my own.
If you could offer one piece of advice to parents, what would it be?
Enjoy. Don’t compare yourself as a parent to other parents because every child is different. Don’t let people tell you your doing it wrong. They didnt come with a manual. And if you’ve got older kids don’t let them go to sleep on an argument.
Don’t you have a television?
Do you know what causes it?
Everybodys circumstances are different.
And finally, will you have any more children?!