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How Many Kids Should We Have, Honey?

February 4, 2014


Family size is tricky to figure out.

Or should we even try? Some couples leave it in the Lord’s hands, while others calculate ovulation down to the minute so they can determine not only the birth date of their baby, but also the gender.

Maybe you’re strategically planning your family.

Maybe you’re contemplating what lies in store as you wait for God’s small gifts.

Maybe you’re looking back on your parenting years and wondering what on earth happened.

In a nutshell, here’s my take on family size:

1 child – You and your spouse have complete control of the situation. The odds are forever in your favor. Should a parent become _____ (insert appropriate adjective), no worries! the other parent is available to intervene. The child is well cared for and feels constant love and affection, though occasionally your bundle of joy may slightly prefer one parent over the other.

2 children – It’s one-to-one now. That seems reasonable. Things are still under control, as long as the parents support each other, practice patience, and take plenty of Tylenol. Everyone is happy here. No parent is left without a child to cuddle, no child is left without a sippy cup fetcher. All is well.

3 children – Now you’ve gone and done it. You’re out numbered. No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to control all of them at the same time, and at least one child is always scurrying away from you at record speed. The children begin to feel a loosening of the reins, and respond accordingly, testing the boundaries.

4 children – No noticeable difference whatsoever. Once you’re outnumbered, all control is lost. You might as well try for a football team.

5 children – Or perhaps a basketball team.


Wouldn’t you know, there are no Bible verses detailing the perfect family size, so I’ll leave you with this one instead (slightly out of context):

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:13 (NAS)


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Photo credit: (silhouette) Group of People, Vlado,

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2014 3:31 pm

    Loved this! As the mother of five kids (youngest now going on 20), I’ve always said if you’re going to have three, you might as well have eight, because it never gets any harder after the third–that’s when you’re outnumbered.

    Thanks for bringing a smile to my day.

    • February 4, 2014 7:30 pm

      I have friends with 10 and 12 kids, and they say the same thing. After three, it’s all the same. Thanks for stopping by, Laura. I appreciate your kind words.

  2. Chaundel Holladay permalink
    February 4, 2014 6:36 pm

    I assume those are your children? Great picture!!!

  3. February 4, 2014 9:11 pm

    Loved this, Varina. I had a friend who told me the same thing about 3+ kids. I always said my third one was the most easygoing because his first year of life, he never got a full meal or a full nap at one time. I was always having to take the other two somewhere. And I remember feeling like I was swimming as hard as I could and barely managing to tread water. But oh, what a joy it’s all been!

  4. February 11, 2014 8:10 pm

    Children are a blessing of the Lord. So true!

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