Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World

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Alpha Books, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 245 pages
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"Are those all yours?"

Ask any parent with three, four, or more kids, and chances are good they've heard that question, almost always followed up with jokes, inappropriate follow-up questions ("Have you ever heard of birth control?" for example!), and wide-eyed, open-mouthed stares.

Despite the growing numbers of larger-than-normal blended families, a rise in multiple births including triplets and more, and the fact that over 30 percent of American parents today can expect to give birth to three or more children, current culture has come to expect the two-child family - and in some areas, only-children families appear to be the norm. Booths in restaurants rarely seat more than four bodies. Even before the housing boom, four- or five-bedroom houses were out of most families' budget, and apartments with more than three bedrooms are rare. It really does seem to be a small-family world.

In Table for Eight, author Meagan Francis-a proud mother of four sons-offers advice, encouragement, and tips that work in the real world.

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About the author (2007)

Meagan Francis is the mother of four and a full-time professional writer. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Literary Mama, Salon, Brain, Child, Parenting, and Baby Talk. She is the writer of “Mama-Rama,” a weekly syndicated column that takes a fresh look at modern motherhood, and her essays have been reprinted in the anthologies Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined and The Best of Brain Child.

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