March 12, 2009

Then Came 6: The Harris Family'

Posted: 04:05 PM ET

Note:  The Harris Family, stars of Then Came 6 on Discovery Health, will be on Larry King Live tonight!

What began as an average family took an astonishing leap on July 7, 2002 when a team of 30 doctors prepared to deliver, what they believed at the time were, quintuplets: 5 babies.  At 26 weeks gestation, even the largest of the infants would weigh less than 2 pounds.  There would be many medical challenges ahead.

It's not always easy to be the parents of a large family.  You have to make sure that each child gets the love annd attention that they need – but you also need time to devote to your marriage and yourself.  When you have as many people in your family as we do, making sure this happens each and every day is challenging, but it is a necessity.

Over the years, we have learned a lot about what works and what doesn't work in a large family.  Here are three tips that we feel are important for all families – big and small.

#1 Be specific with your kids and set a schedule. Follow through with your schedule but be flexible when plans change. This will create structure for your children, yet allow them to adapt to different situations.artharrisfamily1

#2 Always make time for yourself! Even if you are sitting down and reading a book, take that time and enjoy it. You will be calmer and more relaxed. When you are not stressed out you will be able to do what is best for you and your kids.

#3 Listen to your kids. As adults we forget that we do not know everything.  Your child could be trying to tell you something very important in their life. Even if it is minor to you, listen to your child because it may help them deal with something that is major to them.

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Linda   March 12th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Congraulations to this family, this is where the Media's focus should be, these are were all Dr Phil's gifts and call for monatary help, nurses and caregiver should be directed to. No we prefer sick, irresponsible people who could care less about their kids getting all the benefits and attention.
Media need to focus on something positive and I have lost all respect for Dr Phil

Elizabeth Lahman   March 12th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

It sounds like the taxpayers of CA will absolutely be responsible for paying for the needed care for this woman's babies and her other children. Please be honest and clarify that although donations are helpful, ultimately this will fall back to Med-I-Cal. Thank You

tina   March 12th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

God Bless them and keep them in His care!

jason   March 12th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

why give her all this help? on my moms side of the family there are 13 kids in one family. all in a house that is under 1000 square feet. they didnt get this kind of help. they didnt get any just from the family.

monica   March 12th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I like the h the Harris family their parents are just real people am a mother of 5 grown children , and with children you must keep the control and they seem to being doing that , we need more parenting like that .

Linda   March 12th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

@ Jason

I agree in my mother's family there were 15 of them back in the south and probably in a house about the size you describe if not smaller, her parents made it ok, everyone helped each other. My moms sisters and bothers were all great.
The Harris family seem to be doing ok too. But I still think Dr Phil should be focusing of positive families like the one in the article above, instead of sicko like Octomom

Sue   March 12th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Donating one's egg does not make one a parent. All Nadiya Sulomon has done is donate her eggs. How does that make her fit to be a parent? She has demonstrated over and over again that she is an unstable person. Yet, we are encouraging her to bring those babies into that home by providing her with help. If we are really concerned about the welfare of those children, we should try to find them stable parents so they could grow up in a loving stable environment. The State has more than enough evidence to withhold those children. Once they are in her home, it will be difficult to remove them. I think this is nothing more than a media frenzy and everyone is feeding into it at the cost of those poor children.

Al   March 12th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Please take all the " CNN LIVE' and other SUB TITLES of the screen THEY ARE TAKING UP 25% of the screen and NOT necessary!!!!!!!! THANKS

Terry   March 13th, 2009 12:16 am ET

I am not sure that you will print the answer I have because it is what the majority of people think. This is for that crazy woman with 14 kids.

1. The doctor should lose his license or go to jail.

2. The mother should have a psychological test.

3. If she fails the psych test, the kids should be put up for adoption and go to someone that will love/care for them and not use them for 15 minutes of fame or personal gain.

Why should the Americans people pay/support Greedy and Stupid people. This also ties in with the Mortgage scam with people who knew they could not afford a house. And now I have to bail them out!!! I AM MAD AS HELL AND WILL NOT TAKE IT!!!!

Dodie from CA   March 13th, 2009 12:49 am ET

(((Boycott all large families))))

I will NOT watch this TV program and very irritated at Discovery for putting them on TV. This will cause more crazy women wanting huge families to become famous.

We are already over populated, California is in such a terrible drought, we will have to start rationing water, our farmers are struggling to keep their crops, we are in the worst economic times since 1930's and the media continues to advertise all these women with huge families.

Enough... Enough...Enough... You are going to create crazed women trying to have more than 8 babies at a time. This is all CRAZY!


Wayne Perreault   March 13th, 2009 1:08 am ET

I was wondering if anyoneasked the 7th Harris offspring how he feels about being so completely ignored during the interview with "The Family"

Sally Jones   March 13th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon is great. He is doing a fun job!!
\Also, leave Howard K. Stern alone. He loved Anna Nicole.

Audrey Daniel Caldas Jales   March 14th, 2009 1:22 pm ET

Hi Larry!
I am brazilian and I have lived in the USA for 16 months now. I watched the video with Mr Goldman about his son and I just can't believe that the brazilian judges gave the custody of his son to the stepfather. That is just ridiculous. In Brazil when parents divorce the kids go in 99% of the cases to live with the mother but if the mother is dead there is no reason to keep the child in Brazil. The child has to come back and live with his father. If Mr Goldman was also not alive yes the kid should be with his mother parents. I hope Mr Goldman gets the right of his son and the brazilian courts follow our own laws and make me proud of my country.
Best wishes for all of you.

Armando Ponce de Leon Diaz   March 15th, 2009 2:50 am ET

What is the point of "John King Reporting:" hosting Dick Cheney on "State of the Union." if he is not under oath, he will be lying as he has for the last eight years.

Did he not?

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