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    I am so sorry to hear that so many of you have experienced this. As far as my family are concerned, the more the merrier! I am personally 1 of 5, so not sure whether that I am used to large families.

    They're young for such a short time. I had a few OCD issues, but amazingly have overcome a few since having kids. I love having my family and friends over, it is party central. Ha ha!

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    People shouldnt invite large families over if they are going to treat their kids like dogs and keep them out in the yard.

    My friend has 5 children and whenever there is talk of catching up Im always the first to say 'Well we can either do it at yours or lets have a picnic at the park or something' and she laughs and totally gets where I am coming from, we both know it would be a lot easier if just me and my one went round to hers. She actually prefers it rather than carting her whole family round and bringing everything needed along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothChick View Post
    People shouldnt invite large families over if they are going to treat their kids like dogs and keep them out in the yard.

    My friend has 5 children and whenever there is talk of catching up Im always the first to say 'Well we can either do it at yours or lets have a picnic at the park or something' and she laughs and totally gets where I am coming from, we both know it would be a lot easier if just me and my one went round to hers. She actually prefers it rather than carting her whole family round and bringing everything needed along.
    exactly, if you cant handle it go to the park or something (I find that can give them more freedom anyway)

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    I have five kids and the only people who invite us over are those who like having all the kids around as well.

    Otherwise we meet at a park or at mine, which I'm totally cool with.. meeting at mine is good when a few of us get together with our multiple children, because whereas one may have toys for ages 4-7 and another may have toys for ages 0-3..... I've got the whole range! So everyone's happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgbgbb View Post
    Thanks for all your great replies girls! Good to know I'm not alone. Firstly, we're in Melbourne, and would love catch up's with other large families!

    Yes, have to try and address the issue. The problem is most of these people are DH's relatives or friends. I've put a lot of pressure on him now to confront the issue with these people as the problem's not going away.

    It's funny, but you smaller family mums say what many of our (nicer) friends say when we either come to visit or they visit us: that our kids are like a great rent-a-crowd. They entertain their kids no end. The mums are forever badgering me to give them tips on how to make their own kids better behaved as mine have such good manners.
    I'm in Melbourne and expecting number six. We often get excluded die to two of ours having special needs. Would love to organize a catch up


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    I think people from smaller families would feel intimidated having 6 kids plus their own one or two to keep an eye on. From someone used to a big family, it would be same old same old! For me, if I had 7-8 kids to keep an eye on I'd feel completely overwhelmed. I had one sister, and our family has always been 1-2 kids at a time types.

    If anything happened to one of those kids I would be DEVASTATED and feel like it was all my fault because it happened at my house! I have absolutely no concerns whatsoever about kids trashing my house. I have a three year old who's his own personal whirlwind lmao. But if one of the kids tripped and hurt themselves or our dog nipped them for getting too rough (our little guy has learnt how to play with our particular pup so that no one gets hurt) I'd be absolutely heart broken and wouldn't be able to forgive myself.

    I'm not used to keeping an eye on more than 2 kids at a time and I'd spend all of my time not being able to focus and enjoy the visit because I was too worried about making sure that no one was getting hurt and everyone was having fun.
    I hope that doesn't make me sound bad, I just guess I can understand why some people would feel that it's a huge responsibility. Some people are selfish and just think about their homes and possessions but for me it's all about the kids and my inability to be the perfect hostess lmao.

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    That's really rude to tell the kids they have to stay outside. That's just weird. Doesn't matter how many kids there are, they're still kids.

    Good to hear the person got the message. Too bad if he taking it too much to heart. He shouldn't of been
    A snob!

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    The more the merrier at our house I have 3 kids and my Sis has 4 we always get together at eithers houses plenty of adults to watch them and at end of meeting all kids have to pitch in and clean up my other Sis just had her first bub and plenty more to come in our family we love kids and couldn't imagine a gathering without the craziness of happy children playing together.

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    I'm a more the merrier kind of mum. I have my own 4 plus on any given day an extra one or two plus the neighbors kids. Op, your kids are more than welcome at my house next time your in Perth.
    It's a really shame some people don't enjoy their kids and the fun they can bring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrAins View Post
    I'm a more the merrier kind of mum. I have my own 4 plus on any given day an extra one or two plus the neighbors kids. Op, your kids are more than welcome at my house next time your in Perth.
    It's a really shame some people don't enjoy their kids and the fun they can bring.
    I'd love to come to Perth so our kids can play together maybe in the near future.


 

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