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How Many Kids Do You Need to Reach the Large Family Definition?

How Many Kids Do You Need to Reach the Large Family Definition?

Ever wondered what the large family definition is? Get stats on American families these days and how many kids you need to reach large family status.

What’s the magic number of kids a family needs to meet the large family definition?

Is it when people make comments about you having your hands full?  (Or remarks too rude to put into print?)

Or when your grocery bill doubles?  Maybe it’s the point where you have to buy a bigger car?

Could it be when networks contact you with a pitch for a reality tv show?

If you have big family goals, you might wonder what makes a family “big”.

There’s no definitive answer to what number of children makes a family reach “large family status”.  But that doesn’t stop people from making an educated guess.

Let’s look at some stats, some facts, and some real world experiences of large families.


24 Ways to Organize a Large Family in a Small House

24 Ways to Organize a Large Family in a Small House

Even if you’ve got a pile of kids, you can learn how to organize a large family in a small house. These tips will give you breathing room!

Bang, bang, bang.  “Hurry up!!  I’ve got to go!”

That’s the sound of life all day long when you’ve got a family of 8 living in a house with one bathroom.

No matter how many times I remind the kids to not wait until the last possible minute to use the bathroom, it falls on deaf ears.  There’s usually a line for the bathroom that looks like we’re at a rock concert.

There’s an old song that says “Love grows best in little houses.”

And yeah, it’s sure taught us a lot of good lessons.  But I still have days that this small house makes me want to pull all of my hair out.

Still, there are some ways you can make your small house feel more liveable.  Here are a few that have worked wonders for us….

6 Reasons You Should Not Have a Big Family

6 Reasons You Should Not Have a Big Family

Since we already talked about 10 Reasons to Have a Big Family, today we are going to talk about reasons you should NOT have a big family.  I’ve heard them all!

Please keep in mind that this is a rather tongue in cheek style post.  I realize that big family life is not for everyone, and each family must decide what is best for them.  But… when you have a large family, you hear these comments rather often.  Amirite?

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The 10 Best Reasons I Have a Big Family

The 10 Best Reasons I Have a Big Family

Yes, I have a big family. No, I’m not overwhelmed. Having a big family is a joy for so many reasons!

When our third baby was born, people started to raise their eyebrows just a bit.  I heard a few comments about “knowing what causes that.”

Then I got pregnant with our fourth baby.  Because we had three boys in our large family home, people just assumed that we were trying for a girl.  That wasn’t actually the case, but surprisingly, we “got our girl”.

And then I became pregnant with baby number five.

And later…number six!

That baffled a lot of people.  Why in the world would we have another baby when we already had both boys and a girl?

Meanwhile, I wonder the total opposite.  

Why do people consider kids a collectible item?  I don’t have babies because I’m trying to get a specific type of child.  

I have a big family for so many better reasons.  Here are just a few.

Here are the 10 Best Reasons I Have a Big Family


Are You Done Having Kids?

Are You Done Having Kids?

Are You Done Having Kids?

Today another one of our babies begins kindergarten.  You would think by the fourth child it would be easier, but nope!  I’ve definitely been far more nervous than my independent little “only girl”.  (She’s been begging me to go to school since she could talk!)

I remember walking my first born into kindergarten at a new, scary (to me) school while rather pregnant with this little girl and thinking about how many more first days we had to come.


Entertain the Family on the Cheap: Go Camping

Entertain the Family on the Cheap: Go Camping

Entertain the Family on the Cheap: Go Camping




Sometimes it is difficult to find good entertainment for families of our size.  Even something as simple as movie tickets becomes very expensive very quickly when you are buying for so many people.

But there are still affordable ways to have fun as a family.  One activity our family especially enjoys is camping.

I realize that the great outdoors isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but camping offers such a variety of activities that it’s possible to make nearly everyone happy for at least part of the time.

Entertain the Family on the Cheap: Go Camping! These camping tips will help your family enjoy time together without spending a ton of cash. Frugal fun!


Many parks also offer a good variety of places to sleep.  You can rough it as much or as little as you like.  But do keep in mind that the cushier the accommodations, the pricier they get.

Tent camping is the most affordable of the choices.  Some families love the experience of camping in a tent.  If you don’t own one, you probably know someone you can borrow one or a few tents from.  Older kids like the freedom of sleeping in their own tents.

If you plan to tent camp regularly, I recommend investing in a good air mattress like this one (unless you really enjoy roughing it!).

camper cabinCamper Cabins  I almost hate to give this one away!  This is our favorite way to camp these days.

Many (not all) state parks offer camper cabins.  They book far in advance, so it is especially hard to get one for a weekend unless you are a great planner.

We like camper cabins because they come with beds (often 2 sets of bunk beds) and many have a/c and heat.  Some have small extras like small TVs or coffee pots.  They do not offer private bathrooms.

The main perk is that for a little more than the price of a tent spot, you don’t have to set up a tent, you have a sturdier structure in case of rain, and you get a bed to sleep on.  You still get the experiences of cooking your meals over the campfire ring and hanging out as a family in the great outdoors.

RV Rental  Many state parks are also beginning to offer RV rentals.  Rather than buying and hauling  your own RV to the park, you just come and stay in one that is already there.

Cushy cabins  Some state parks offer “resorts” where you can rent a nice cabin with all of the perks (private bathrooms, big screen TVs, etc.).  You might call this one “glamping” rather than camping.  If you don’t mind spending more of your budget on accommodations and you aren’t the kind to rough it, this might be your choice.


Another reason to love camping is that you can just spend your usual grocery budget to feed the family while you are roughing it.

Some of our favorites are foil dinners, kabobs, grilled corn on the cob, roasted canned biscuits (using a dowel rod and roasted over the open flame), hot dogs on a stick, and (of course!) s’mores.

If those ideas aren’t enough to get your creative juices flowing, Pinterest abounds with creative ideas for good camp food.


When you plan out your trip, you’ll want to come up with some activities to keep everyone busy.  Camping doesn’t usually involve a lot of TV watching.

There are the obvious things like fishing and hiking.  But many state parks or KOAs offer extra things such as:

  • miniature golf
  • Frisbee golf
  • playgrounds
  • swimming
  • paddle boats
  • basketball
  • volleyball
  • tennis
  • and more!

Beyond that, our family really enjoys playing card games together.  The bigger kids enjoy preparing food while we’re camping, too.

Give camping a try!

You might find that your family thrives when they pitch in and help to make your camping experience an enjoyable time.  Our kids love being in the outdoors so much that they forget to beg for screen time.

Does your family have any fun camping traditions?  Or is camping definitely NOT your idea of entertainment?