Large families get a lot of stick.
A lot of stick.
And remember I got upset about the portrayal of us in the original ”15 Kids and Counting’? It’s because of emails like the one I just got.
I have just read an article about you in the Daily Mail. It is not possible for YOU to look after 12 children it is only possible by stealing the childhood of the older siblings and making them carers. Is this one of the reasons you deny them schooling, because you need their help. I also read that you have no qualifications so you are depriving your children of a proper education, what chance will they have in the future to secure jobs and contribute to society. You also risk your life with each pregnancy, even though your are a bad mother, you are better than no mother. Look at your children and do what is best for them, not what you want, stop being so selfish. Also don’t you think the Earths population is enough, it is a good job everyone doesn’t want 12 children like you. I am a mother of 4 children and I never even asked them to wash a dish I did everything for them myself. They are now hard working married adults and are brilliant parents themselves.Linda Lewis.
And here is my reply:
Hello Linda,Thank you for your email.I do have qualifications – several in fact. Actually, I was studying law and business studies when I decided to be the primary carer for my own children, not wanting to palm them off onto others.Our oldest two are working one is training to be an insurance broker and the other currently on night shifts and beginning their new job (also in insurance) after Christmas – oh, and both paying taxes, wouldn’t you know. Our 13 year old is doing her GCSEs a year early, such is her educational standard. All three are busy with their own work/studies/lives to be raising our other children which is the reason my husband and I raise them.My life has not been nor has ever been at risk. I have spoken in depth about the editing of ’15 Kids and Counting’ from which you seem to have got your authoritative information, on the website. I suggest you read it.I note you have stated that you have four children, who are all parents themselves. Clearly you hold the opinion that it is only my family who you think is contributing to this ‘overpopulation’ issue?I have addressed the overpopulation myth on the website and also in our book Larger Family Life, in which I have shown a breakdown and calculations proving that the entire world’s population can fit into Wales. Therefore you have demonstrated your ignorance by expressing such a selective opinion on an already flawed argument.Thank you for your email (despite it being poorly written) and your concerns and I hope I have reassured you that the vitriol and unfounded hatred that you have decided to direct toward me is at best unreasonable, and quite honestly simply nasty and vindictive.Regards,Tania