Episode 673

Bethany Mandel, Editor of Ricochet on the Joy of Large Families


March 17th, 2021

29 mins 47 secs

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In this eye opening interview Bethany, who I've known for almost 10 years, shares one of the secrets of life: live for yourself and your family. The opinions of strangers, family and friends must never be the primary driver of your life decisions. Don't forget to click through and read Bethany's in depth expose on the large family trend. It's a fun, eye opening, touching read.

And for goodness sakes, always congratulate an expectant mom and ask what you can do to help! Never chastise a human being for making more humans. It's rude!!

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  • Are parents of big families happier than those with one or two kids? - Deseret News — Having a fifth child makes no sense. We already have two boys and two girls. Their bedrooms are easily sectioned. Our minivan is too small for yet another car seat and, if we’re being honest, the car won’t easily sell (you just can’t scrub five years worth of mashed Larabars out of carpet). When my husband Seth and I started dating, we talked about our future family. And today, it’s exactly how we wanted it. Even. Symmetrical. Which is why my existential crisis is so strange. I look at my four kids, and by golly, I like them. It makes me want more. Watching each personality emerge is like unwrapping a surprise present that I’m basically guaranteed to love, no matter what’s inside. And I say this with an intimate understanding of the frenzy that comes with parenting young children.