What do people say when you tell them I have seven kids?

When people to find out that I have seven kids, I normally get one of these 2 questions in the form of a response: Haven’t you heard of a TV? Dang, you know how that happens, right? My response to #1 is, “Yeah, there’s a lot of things you can do while you watch TV…” My response to #2 is, “Yes, I absolutely know what causes it and it’s a lot of fun.” Another response I get in Facebook groups is “good grief man get a hobby.”

Are you a blended family? What are the ages of the children? How do you manage all of them, how many kids (or grandkids)do you have, what are the ages?

This one is usually a shock to people. We are not a blended family. We have Batch #1 and Batch #2. The first batch is currently 12, 11, 10, 9 and the second batch is 3, 2, and 17 months. That normally gets a little chuckle or giggle out of everyone. So how do we manage it? With a ton of help from my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and mother-in-law.

Jake and his 7 children

How do you manage it all?

People ask me this all the time. They suggest that my wife must be very good at multitasking… And my answer is we have lots of help from family my sister-in-law, my brother-in-law, and my mother-in-law. They simply help out tremendously. We couldn’t do it all without them. They are amazing.

Did you always want a big family?

Yes, absolutely. My wife and I wanted to at least three or four. We also decided to leave it up to God. And 5 years after the first batch, he blessed us with 3 more beautiful babies. A

Are you done now or are you going to have more?

No, I think we’re all done now.

Is your food bill enormous?

Yes it is.

Do you drive a school bus?

… pretty much. It’s a 15 passenger van now. We will be upgrading to a shuttle bus (like a hotel has that you can stand up in) in the next year.

Do you have your own sports team there don’t you?

We absolutely do and I love it. While it is extremely difficult at times to have such a large family, I firmly believe that people would like to have more kids… instead of having 2, they wouldn’t mind having a third. For others that have 3, wouldn’t mind having a fourth. But they don’t think it’s possible due to mostly financial reasons… salary, childcare, rising costs, college tuition, crazy times, etc. I think people just need to take more risks, trust that resources will come your way and consider having another one

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Written by Jake Edling

Jake's mission is to guide Millennial Dads who are expecting their first baby to maximize their baby's brain development by being present, educating, helping and training them through the entire first-time daddy experience.