It sometimes happens with three children. It often happens when four are there.
But when you’re out in public with five or more children, you know to just expect it.
Someone will make a comment about your family size, but there’s no telling if the comment will come with a happy smile, a look of shock, or maybe even a touch of snark.
Sometimes when a stranger says something about the number of children I have with me, they are genuinely trying to be friendly and are truly just surprised to see five little ones in tow.
Other times the comment or question makes me uncomfortable, and I’m not exactly sure what to say. These things are typically said in front of my children, and it can be really shocking to think what a person I’ve never met before will say about my family size right in front of those dear family members!
I’ve wondered many times how to respond to these questions. A good friend who is the blessed mom of ten children once told me that she tries to keep in mind that these people have probably never seen a big family, and our responses can help them see the positive side to it. I thought that was so wise and have taken it to heart.