Large Family of the Week – The Norrström Family!


Norrstrom Family



This week we introduce the fabulous Norrström family from Sweden! Mirka and Peter have 12 children together ranging from 16-years-old down to 2-months. Read more about them and leave a message to say hi!


Introduce us to your family (names and ages & tell us a bit about yourselves):

My name is Mirka and I’m married to Peter (49 years). Together we have 12 children and Peter has 3 older kids as well. We live in Sweden but I’m from Finland.  I’ve been homemom for years now but I have olso studied a bit last year. Peter works full time in a building company.

Our children:
Kevin, 16 years is our oldest one. He’s a reliable teenage boy who likes to go snowboarding and be with his friends.
Linnéa, 14 years is a funny girl who likes to sing and act.
Jennifer, 11 years is stubborn girl who knows what she wants and no one can change that 😀
Benny, 11 years is Jennifer’s twin brother. He’s nothing like Jennifer, quite opposite. He’s calm and cautious.
Selina, 9 years is always so wery helpfull and happy.
Victor, 8 years is our “joker”. He loves to joke and he loves to built things.
Alice, 7 years is very much like Jennifer. She’s older in her way to act.
Oliver, 7 years is Alices twin brother and not at all like her. He’s our wild child, always climbing and running everywhere 😀
Thor, 5 years is a boy who is so calm and satisfied. And always happy.
Nellie, 3 years is usually happy but now she’s going through a not so nice period 😉
Älva (meens Fairy), almost 2 years is much like Thor. She is easy-going and always happy.
Lilja (Lily), 2 months is our youngest one and probably our last baby. She so tiny and loved by all of her older siblings.

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? 

We have 12 kids living at home so yes, I have to say that our family is large 😀 I Think the magic number which turns an family into a large one is 6 or 7 😉
Did you ever think you would have a large family?

No never ever 😀 I planned to have 2 children only but it was before I had any kids at all…
What is your best moneysaving tip?

Make homecooked food. Bake your own bread. Buy quality clothes – that hold longer and can even be used by more than one child.
What is your best tip for organisation? 

We have quite strict rules for bedtime, homework and meals.
What is your favourite recipe?

I really hate to cook, I’m not so good at it 😀 I love to bake insted. But family needs to be fed so I have to cook 😉 Macaroni pudding with chicken and broccoli is an easy meal and everybody likes it.
Do you cook the same meal for everyone or cater for different tastes?

I cook the same meal for children but now and then I cook something different for me and my husband.
What is the best thing about having a large family?

All the love we have for one another!
And what is the most difficult? 

We have to have 2 cars 😀
If you could offer one piece of advice to parents, what would it be?

Calm down and take time to enjoy the life and family .
Don’t you have a television? 

Hehehee… We do have 4 televisions but maybe theres nothing interesting to Watch 😉
Do you know what causes it? 

Oh yes 😀
And finally, will you have any more children?! 

Maybe one more…..The age is getting on my way soon 😉


Thank you to the Norrström family for participating and being our Large Family of the Week! Please do leave a message for them in the comments below. If you read Swedish (or can get it translated on the screen) you can follow Mirka’s blog at Tolvbarnsmamman (Mother of Twelve).

If you would like your to see your family featured as our Large Family of the Week email with ‘Large Family of the Week’ in the subject line. Click here to find out more. 

7 thoughts on “Large Family of the Week – The Norrström Family!

  1. Looks like you have such a fun, big family. I think it is interesting that every mothers money saving advice is to cook your own food.

  2. Do you pray together or go to church? I would think that would be important thing in a large family., It does seem that they are good children, and the belief system is so important.. You do have a lot of love.

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