A 31-year-old mum, who had her first child at 16, has revealed the secret to looking after her massive brood and how much she spends on groceries. A mum of 12 whose brood includes triplet boys has shown how she cares for so many kids – including drafting in the older ones to help. Britni Church, from the US, who boasts 115,000 Instagram followers, often shares snippets of her family’s lives on social media while answering some of the most common questions she’s asked about her big brood, The Sun reports. In one video on her TikTok, a viewer asked her: “No hate at all, genuine question, do you make it a priority not to prenotify your older children?” Britni said: “As a mum to 12 kids, I get this question a lot. It’s simple. I don’t make them do anything they don’t want to do.”
Luckily for Britni, her older children are often keen to help out.
One viewer commented: “But most of the time they WANT to, mine fight over holding and taking care of the baby.”
To which Britni responded: “Yes!!”
Britni also credits a lot of coffee with helping her manage her day as a mum to such a huge brood.
The full-time mum and her husband Chris spend the equivalent of $A420 a week on groceries and go through five boxes of cereal, 66 cartons of milk, and 600 nappies. She previously defended her large brood and said they are “just like everyone else” after being criticized for her super-sized family. Speaking to CafeMom, she said: “People assume a lot of things about us that just isn’t true – we are just like everyone else.” The US-based mum from Arkansas City, Kansas, had her first child, Crisman, 15, six days after her sixteenth birthday with her ex-husband.
The pair had married five days before and had four children together – Jordan, 14, Caleb, 13, Jace, 12, and Cadence, 10. After the divorce, Britni unexpectedly fell pregnant with her sixth child, Jesalyn, now 8, in 2012. She spent three years raising six kids alone as a single parent before meeting her current husband, Chris, a subcontractor, in 2014.
The pair have since had another five kids together and are now expecting their sixth.
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