The Bateses and their 18 Children


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I found this ABC report about a family with 18 children to be VASTLY entertaining.

I’ve been feeling recently that while I’m doing a somewhat OK job at being a good mom to my 6 kids (and I am trying every day to be even more somewhat OK), I am not really cutting it in terms of taking care of the STUFF of the ever-expanding Weisberg family.

The overflowing pajama drawers, the hallway carpeted with laundry, the occasional socks that sprinkle the stairs, the beds, even the bathroom. I just can’t seem to get this clothing-for-8-people thing under control!

My favorite scene in this video is, therefore, watching Mrs. Bates taking on her Mt. Everest sock pile– and winning!

Watching Mrs. Bates handle everything she does with 3 times as many kids as me, and with so much grace and dignity and positivity, made me feel hopeful. If Mrs. Bates can do it, maybe Mrs. Weisberg can too?

The Bateses and their 18 Children, posted with vodpod


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  1. Mrs Belogski

    my children love watching clips of the Duggar family in USA, religious Christians who have 19 children. (the oldest is married and has a baby, so i’m not sure they ever had all of them living at home.) They have a reality TV show, which could have something to do with their claim to live debt free!

    i was once stopped on Shushan Purim by a mother of 16 children who said, “I heard you had a large Purim seudah. How did you manage?” and I thought – well you have more people than that for breakfast every day!

  2. I love this family! I faithfully watch 19 Kids and Counting, and the Bates are featured on the show with some regularity. While the Bates and the Duggars have many similarities, including their religion, the Bates just seem like a much more down-to-earth family. The way they interact with each other is just so genuine! And their daughter, Erin, is an absolutely incredible piano player.


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