Octuplets? In defense of one single mother

When I first heard of Nadya Suleman and her octuplets, I immediately agreed with the public consensus that she was irresponsible and had committed the ultimate child abuse.

It hit me though... I've been judged unfairly for decisions in my past. So, perhaps I could look at this from her point of view.

Ms. Suleman's choice to continue to have her octuplets was a desire for a large family... I've recently met Catholic families that included 10-15 people. They are perfectly loving homes where the children are well taken care of.

Personally, I don't understand how these families can take care of such large households, but they do. Financially, they adjust.

The public has raised concerns about how the octuplets will be supported. On seven occasions, Ms. Suleman has undergone in vitro fertilization. I don't think that is cheap and I don't think that is covered by your basic Blue Cross Insurance. Ms. Suleman probably has some means to support her children.

More importantly than the financial aspects are the health aspects of the children who will certainly have some medical disabilities.

Coping with a disability can be difficult. However, it is possible to find strength in adversity...which is a valuable lesson we should all learn in some form.

I can't solidly defend Ms. Suleman's actions, but I'm choosing not to attack her decisions either.

I am choosing to hope that all fourteen of Ms. Suleman's children thrive and grow in a loving home.

Brightest Blessings to the Suleman Family!

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