Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Things to teach your children

A recent sacrament meeting speaker i heard talked about how his grandmother was the ultimate example of motherhood, and one of his evidences for this was that she’d had seventeen(!) children.

He went on to talk about her “righteous posterity”, made up of sixty-two grandchildren, and now several (i forget the number) great-grandchildren.

Now i’ll quite vociferously argue against the meme of holding up one’s fecundity as a valid measure of how good of a parent one might or might not be. However, if you look at the numbers, we see something interesting:


Or, in other words, each of her seventeen children produced, on average, less than four children themselves.

It appears that she taught them at least one important parenting lesson, eh?

1 comment:

Heather the Mama Duk said...

I've always thought it was odd for people to equate good mothering with number of children. I've known some terrible moms of many and some great moms of one or two.