86 Year Old Has 86 Great Grand-Kids

18 July 2016
86 Year Old Has 86 Great Grand-Kids

Have you heard about the grandmother whose 86th birthday coincided with the arrival of her 86th great-grandchild?!

I just can't wrap my head around one woman being a great-grandmother to that many children, but it seems the facts are not in question.

Today reports:

The proud great-grandma is by no means a stranger to big families. She was one of seven siblings, had 15 children of her own, and currently has 68 grandkids.

My mind is boggling and I'll admit to feeling grateful that my kids only have to share their grandparents with a couple of cousins. In fact on one side of the family they're currently the only grandchildren in the family!

Of course things could well be different by the time they start having kids of their own, and it's not that I'm not a fan of big families but I've always felt glad that my kids have such close and involved relationships with their grandparents. I just can't see that being likely if they were one of tens or even scores of cousins!

Can you imagine what Christmas and birthdays must be like if you're the grandparent of that many kids?!

We'd love to hear your reaction to this story. Is your child one of a large number of grandchildren or the doted only one? And if they share their grandparents (or indeed great-grandparents) with loads of cousins do you feel they benefit from being part of such a big family? Or are you one of a large number of great-grandchildren in your family? Share your experiences and thoughts by leaving us a comment below or joining the debate over on our Facebook page.

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  • Chelle D.

    i thought nan had a lot of great grandchildren!!! :joy: x

  • Jessica C.

    Wow! My nan would be a nightmare...it would take her 86 times to get my name right rather than 4!! :joy:

  • Irene S.

    I don't think I want to go this far xx

  • Lou P.

    Why has she got 86???! :astonished::astonished::astonished:

    • Lynsay H.

      She had 15 children so has 64 grandchildren only have to have a couple kids each and soon adds up :open_mouth:

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  • Iona M.

    Christmas must be hell :joy::joy: and trying to remember all those birthdays her calendar must be jam packed :joy::joy:

  • Jenny K.

    That's a whole lot of flowers! :bouquet:Imagine 'card swap' with this familyeu Hillon

    • Kerry H.

      Wow that's a lot !!! We would need a football stadium xx

  • Harriet L.

    I wonder if that family even bothers with Christmas presents lol

  • Christina L.

    The more the merrier. :)

  • Kay S.

    My 2 kids are only grandchildren on one side and were alone on the other side too until last year, but my husband is one of 26 grandchildren and that grandma now has close to 40 great grandchildren. I'm quite sure she stopped bothering with stuff like birthdays a long time ago

  • Lynsay H.

    thought nana had a lot with 12 grandkids 14 great grandkids and 3 great great grandkids she wouldn't stand a chance with 86 :joy::joy:

  • Trisha S.

    My god, thats crazy.

  • Jordan F.

    , Nanny could end up like this woman lol x

  • Beckii R.

    Oh god lol :joy::joy: you better get savin Dawes :joy::joy: x

  • Joanna P.

    Expensive Christmas time !

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