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Humorous Responses To Give When People Ask, “Why Do You Have So Many Kids!?”

Mom, you need to keep smiling and laughing to really enjoy those crazy moments in motherhood. Here are some of the best (and wittiest) responses to give when someone asks, “Why do you have so many kids?!”

three small children sitting and smiling together

One of my favorite things in life is when I go grocery shopping with my kids and I can see the people in the store silently counting each of my children.

This makes me smile. Every time.

My husband and I currently (as of early 2021) have five children under the age of 9.

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My second favorite thing at the grocery store is when the sweet elderly women we meet smile and interact with my children as we pass by them in the isles.

(Whether my kids are practicing screams of exorcism, singing the latest kid’s song that I can’t get out of my head (“You’re Welcome“), or trying to throw something in the cart without me seeing.)

And let’s not forget those brave souls who are bold enough to ask, “Are all these kids yours? Why do you have so many kids?”

My hair might be in a mom-bun with breakfast scattered on my shirt, and although I have a smile on my face, silently, deep inside, I’m dancing with giddy excitement because I love it when people ask this question!

Humorous Responses to Give When People Ask, “Why Do You Have So Many Kids!?”

Here are some of the best answers my husband and I have given to people who have asked the infamous question, “Why do you have so many kids.”

There’s one thing in life that I’ve learned when having children. If you don’t keep a sense of humor about you, you’re not going to enjoy motherhood as much as you’d hope.

You have to laugh at these crazy moments, your kids, and especially at yourself. Because one day, they’ll grow up and you won’t be asked this question as much.

The days are long but the years go by so quickly!

In the meantime, find your favorite answer!

Why Do You Have So Many Kids? Because…

I really hate silence.

Have you ever been in a home being overrun with toddlers that isn’t quiet?

I have. It’s really scary because you know someone could be dead (not really) or their plotting something. Usually the second is happening.

My brutally honest filter became too politically correct and I realized I needed a mini-me who could tell the truth, still be cute, and not get in trouble.

One of our children is so brutally honest with my husband and me, and others they meet. This child will often ask questions in their conversations.

Such as, “Did a bear comb your hair today, or is that the look you’re trying to go for…because, I don’t think ‘bear’ is your look.”


“Mom, they look really grumpy. Did God give them a grumpy face or do you think that’s their real face?”

I wanted to practice my super organizing skills by creating an army of little people who destroy everything.

Clutter, clutter everywhere!

….I have how many kids with me!?

One time a sweet individual came up to me and asked, “Do you know you have three small children following you?” My inner pleasant-to-be-with filter was sleep deprived and not turned on when I responded, “I have how many kids with me?!” And after a bit of a pause, I confirmed they were mine.

We both had a good laugh before they walked away and wished me luck.

Well, before we were married my husband surprised me with a new washing machine that guarantees a 25-year life or his money back. We wanted to make sure we got our money worth.

In truth, we have an old washing machine from the 80s that we’ve been using for the past 8 years and surprisingly this machine still works great! Even with all the small and poopy clothes that go in each week.

I just love adding little stick figures to the back of our family’s mini-van. We want to see how much we can cover while still being legal.

We don’t have stick people on our mini-van (my husband won’t allow it), but if we did, this is the one we have both agreed too. It makes us laugh every time we see and read it.

I couldn’t imagine a month without birthday cake in my life.

Who wouldn’t want birthday cake every month? And an excuse to enjoy some without feeling guilty? Yes please! (Ah the sacrifices you make when you’re a mom).

Well, I figure the more kids I have the better my chances of one of them liking me and taking care of me when I’m old.

We haven’t hit teenager years yet…fingers crossed my husband and I are still “cool” to them in their teen years as we are during their childhood.

Holidays have always been my favorite as a kid, and as an adult, I needed a good coverup and excuse to eat a ton of candy and still do little kid crafts without being too creepy.

Anyone else?

My husband told me I needed a reason to buy my sewing and craft supplies. Each kid I have is a new reason for birthdays, graduation, baptisms. There’s so much crafting that needs to be done.

(Thank goodness for my Cricut machine! It’s helped so much with these crafting projects!)

So why do my husband and I have so many children?

We want them, love them, and we welcome them into our home.

In all honesty, I cannot imagine my life without each of my children. Each one brings such a beautiful spirit and plays a very important role in our family dynamics.

They are needed, welcomed, and wanted. And my husband and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Having and raising children doesn’t have to be as expensive as some people claim. You can save a ton of money on school clothes, buy groceries on a budget, and make so many incredible and fun memories.

Yes, you might not have that beautiful 5-bedroom cabin by the lake because your money is going to little people.

But in all honesty, once you have children come into your life, you’d gladly give up everything for them. Because you know the influence you have in raising your children will affect your grandchildren. You are the master creator in creating memories and helping to raise the next generation.

Enjoy this responsibility, enjoy the sleepless nights and the tender hugs because eventually they grow up and will be making their own memories with their children one day.

Have you been asked the question, “Why do you have so many kids?” How have you answered people? Share in the comments below!

36 thoughts on “Humorous Responses To Give When People Ask, “Why Do You Have So Many Kids!?””

  1. Katherine

    I really love this. We have been debating whether to go for number 3, and this article is one of the few that don’t make it out to be a nightmare! haha. Love the responses… the washing machine. Thanks for the positive spin!

    1. You are so sweet, Katherine. 🙂
      As with all little ones, there is never a dull moment but the adventures are always worth it. Good luck with baby #3 when the time comes. And enjoy each moment. They grow way too fast. Have a great day, friend.

  2. Becca

    So funny, lady! Love the stick figure one.

  3. Tiffany

    Great blog, Micah! I have always wanted a big family like yours. It’s a lot of fun. Hopefully soon!

    1. Thank you so much, Tiffany. Good luck with your big family one day. In the meantime, enjoy making memories no matter where life is taking you. Have a happy day, friend.

  4. This gave me a good laugh. I will need to keep some of these in my arsenal of responses because I often come up blank when people make comments to me about the amount of children I have.

    Thanks for joining #WanderingWednesday #linkup with Confessions of Parenting! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Michele. I always found it best to keep a sense of humor about everything we do, especially parenting. Have a great day.

  5. So funny! As a mom of twins, I get a lot of blunt comments and questions too. It pays to keep your sense of humor. It sounds like you have it down! #wanderingwednesday 🙂

    1. I’m sure you have some fun stories involving your twins. Haha. It’s so true about needed to keep our sense of humor. Enjoy your little ones and thanks for saying hi! Have a great day.

  6. Hilarious! I love these especially: “I have how many kids with me!?” and “I just love adding little stick figures to the back of our family’s mini-van. We want to see how much we can cover while still being legal.”

    I don’t have little ones tagging along behind me (hopefully one day), but I’ll keep this post in mind if I do. I really like your take on it; just having fun with it instead of getting offended.

  7. Lots of great and funny responses. It is the best way to tackle the staring looks and totally inappropriate questions! I loved turning the question around and asking “Why wouldn’t I?” Big families are wonderful. Just wait until they start leaving… real silence is hard to live with now.:)

    Thanks for joining #WanderingWednesday

    1. Big families really are wonderful. I’m definitely not looking forward to the silence as my little ones grow. It’s something I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for. Thank you for saying hi, Lori and have a great day!

  8. Mother of 3

    So funny! I had three boys in 4 years and heard a few remarks now and then about having my hands full. But I was waay to tired to come up with any witty comebacks.

    1. I completely understand being tired. Bless you for keeping up with three boys! There must have never been a dull moment in your home. Have a great day, friend!

  9. Jenna

    I am the very proud Mama of 4, I am also number 7 out of 10, I grew up with 5 brothers & 4 sisters. The oldest is 61 the youngest is 45. We had a Volkswagon bus when I was a kid & Went on a LOT of Sunday drives after mass. Mind you this was the late 60’s when this was also the choice ride for hippies. A Volkswagon bus with a bunch of flower power stickers would pull alongside us flashing the peace sign. We loved giving it back & getting our dad to honk the horn. They always laughed at us when they realized they pulled alongside Dad, Mom, Grandma & 10 kids. So many great memories. It’s even stranger when the question is posed to the child. We all went to Catholic grade school. I wanted to go to our public high school. What a shock it was when kids learned how many were in my family & Asked if we all had the same Dad! It took me a minute to realize what they were really asking. With 1 bath, claw-foot tub NO shower & Four and a half bedrooms { Half was a large landing at the top of the stairs}When it came to Sharing & Patience it was learned very early on. Rub-A-Dub-Dub 3 Little Sisters in the tub, oh what fun!!! I LOVED growing up in a large family & Just laugh when people think I’m raising one!

    1. Jenna, your comment made me smile. You can feel the happiness and love you have for your family. Thank you for sharing your experience and memories with us. I hope you have them written down so your children and grandchildren can enjoy them as well =)
      Have a great day, friend and thanks for saying, hi.

  10. Awww! I’m the oldest of seven kids, and the biggest comment I remember my family getting is “That poor boy!” (we’re six sisters and one brother–and he loves us all!)

    1. Your brother must have been spoiled rotten by all you sweet ladies in the home! Haha. Have a great day, Rachel.

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  12. Ha, brilliant answers. Shocked people would question you on this though x

  13. This makes me smile. As we contemplate the next path in our parenting journey (adoption), we’re often reminded that it would never be a regret to take on more children, but we may regret if we don’t. Thanks for putting a smile on my face tonight.
    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

    1. Yay for adoption! Best of luck to you in your parenting journey and in your future plans, Katelynn. Have a happy day!

  14. Micah I also have four and cannot imagine my life without them. Great post and it had me on the floor because there is so much to identify with here. Ignore the grumpy people we are so blessed to have these children in our lives.

  15. Joy

    Hi all! We have 4 kids, including a set of twins! It always surprised me that people expressed sympathy that I was having twins after 2 single kids. Like I was supposed to be sad about the twins…WHAT? I’m not going to lie, it was scary, but 5 years later, we have survived. We debate another try, apparently twins naturally are a recurring force. And my husband said, “we already have 2 of everything!” Who can argue with that? I’m always questioning my skills as a parent, but who doesn’t love these precious children so much it hurts? We recently went to a fish fry at our church. One of the servers is a family friend, he said wait these aren’t all your kids. We responded, no one even notices how many kids, but yes these 2 are our neighbors. And surprisingly 2 extra kids didn’t impact us at all. Hopefully there are more kids in our future!

    1. Joy, your comment made me smile. Congrats on your beautiful family. I’m so glad you’re finding happiness and laughter in the chaos and love in your home. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors and thanks for stopping by. Have a great day, friend.

  16. Good post! I wouldn’t like to ask people why they have so many kids because I don’t consider it my business, so I think it’s great that you keep a sense of humour about it! I especially love the reason about not imaginging a month without birthday cake, lol.

    1. Thank you so much, friend. (Birthday cake is always wonderful, isn’t it?) Have a great day.

  17. I get asked if they are two sets of twins all the time, but never why I had them all. :)#brilliantblogposts

  18. I have four and they are all within a few years. 15,14, and twins 11. When they were younger I hear the same thing. When ppl would ask if the babies were twins I’d say, ” nah, I borrowed this one from the neighbors “.
    I also remember the dirty looks because I looked younger than I was and people saw me with four small children. I still get looks when I’m with my now teens. I’m just like “whatever” lol.

    1. Have fun with your teenagers! I love your sense of humor when people would ask about your twins. I’ll have to add that one to my list. =D
      Have a great day, friend.

  19. Heather Hardy

    My grand mother once ask me after I had my fourth child if I was trying to have a base ball team. I said no Gran. A basketball team would do just fine.

    1. I love your quick whit response to your grandma. I can only imagine how funny that conversation must have been. I’m sure your kids are all doing great, too!

  20. Becky

    Just submitted upon this recently. I have 7 kids 10 and under. Your answers are so much nicer than the ones people tell me to say. (And the people asking you are much nicer than some I encounter.) when asked about the number of kids I have, I usually count because we often find other people’s toddlers like to join us as we shop! When the follow up question of “are you done” comes up, my answer is always, “we will take as many children as God gives us”.

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