FASHION CEO Amanda Barker, 44, has a relatively tidy house, runs a basketball team, prides herself on being a great wife, and is a mom to – wait – EIGHT children.
But it doesn’t come easily – with Charlee’s mum, 19, Cash, 18, Call, 16, Codee, 14, Cruz, 12, Cooper, 10, Clancee, eight, and Covington, six. years old, admitting that she gets up at 4:40 am everyday and only sleeps six hours a night.
Still, she wouldn’t have done it any other way – despite being trolled online for her huge brood.
“A question I get asked often is how do I do everything? ” she says.
“So many times I’ve been asked how I can be a wife, mother of eight, CEO and basketball coach…
“I am asked: ‘are they all yours? “” Do you have twins? “Are they all from the same father?” “Do you need a television?” “Do you know how babies are made? ” Are you insane ? “” Were they planned? “Do you regret it?”
“I don’t regret it, I’m not crazy, they have the same father and they were planned,” says Amanda, of Provo, Utah, USA.
She told The Sun that her best advice for dealing with such a large family was “God, mediation and exercise.”
“I wake up around 4:40 am every morning,” she says.
“I train for an hour, meditate, write in my journal, study the scriptures, pray, do laundry (because there is a LOT of laundry), and get ready.
At 7 a.m. I’m at least showered. My older children get up at 6.30 a.m.
“My little kids start waking up around 6:45 am for school. I get my high school kids out around 7:15 am, then I focus on the ‘little ones’.
“They leave for school around 7.45 am.
“Then I change the laundry and put on another load, tidy the house. And finish getting ready to go.
“I try to keep a house clean because if my environment is messy I have a hard time being my best myself, something I learned when I first got married.
“I leave for work around 9 am.
“I have a nanny who helps me with the kids and the laundry while I’m at work.
“So she’ll come around 11 am and work on the ‘house stuff’, pick the kids up from school around 2.15pm, then I try to get home from work around 3pm.
“The evenings are full of basketball, soccer, soccer, golf, religious activities, friends, homework, piano lessons, singing lessons, gymnastics, lots and lots of carpools and a little more work as I try to respond to emails and comments on social media until approximately 5:00 p.m.
“Dinner takes place whenever we get there and a lot of time is consumed in stages. Due to all the different workout schedules… dinner is out and is a self-serve style. he school year a little later in the summer, we get together for family prayer / scripture study and head to bed. I try to get to bed before 11 a.m.
“Teenagers make this goal a little difficult, but it’s better for everyone if I get at least six hours of sleep.”
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She is one of a growing number of mothers who are proud to show off their massive lilies online.
“With eight children, everything is still crazy,” she says. “Big, loud and fun.
“We travel a lot, sometimes instead of Christmas presents and I try to make their birthdays special because I want them to know how important each of them is to our family.
“I still remember giving birth to our eight children and it was the birthday of our seventh child.
“I kept praying, please, that God would let this baby wait a little longer so that Clancee could have her own birthday and Covey could have her own birthday. Covey was born the next morning, with his own birthday. I like thoughtful and simple celebrations. So most tend to be like that. “
As CEO of Halftee – a clothing company, she admitted that her family was not short of cash – despite the number of children.
“It costs a lot of money, but the Lord gave us the means to raise all these kids with the means we needed to give them a very wonderful life,” she said.
Amanda, married to Tyler, 48, said: “I knew I wanted a bigger family and thought I would have five children.
“But after my fifth child, I knew there was more.
“It wasn’t until I had our eighth child that I felt like our family was complete.”
Unlike the mothers of some large families, she uses contraception. “Everyone was expected,” she said.
“I always wanted to be a mom. I love being married and I love raising these beautiful children.”
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