Women can have it all

CEO of a fashion brand Amanda Barker, 44, has a relatively tidy house, runs a basketball squad, prides herself on being a great wife and is mum to – wait for it – EIGHT kids. 

But it doesn’t come easily – with the mum to Charlee, 19, Cash,18, Call,16, Codee, 14, Cruz, 12, Cooper, 10, Clancee, eight and and Covington, six, admitting she gets up at 4.40am daily and has just six hours sleep every night.

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Amanda, Tyler and their children

Still, she wouldn’t have it any other way – despite being trolled online for her huge brood. 

“One question I get asked a lot is how do you get it all done?” she says. 

“So many times I have been asked how I can be a wife, mother of eight, CEO, and a basketball coach…

“I get asked, ‘Are they all yours?’ ‘do you have any twins?’ ‘Are they all from the same dad?’ ‘You need to get a TV?’ ‘Do you know how babies are made’? ‘Are you crazy?’ ‘Were they planned?’ ‘Do you regret it?’

“I don’t regret it, I’m not crazy, they have the same dad and they were planned,” says Amanda, from Provo, Utah, USA.

She told The Sun her top tips for coping with such a huge family were ‘God, mediation and exercise’. 

“I wake up around 4:40am each morning,’ she says.

“I workout for an hour, meditate, write in my journal, study scripture, pray, get laundry going (because there IS A LOT of laundry) and get myself ready. 

By 7am-ish I am at least showered. My big kids are up at 6:30 am.

“My little kids start waking up around 6:45 am for school. I get my high schoolers out the door about 7.15am and then I focus on the ‘littles’. 

“They leave for school at about 7.45 am. 

“I then swap out the laundry and put another load in, straighten up the house. And finish getting myself ready to go.

“I try to keep a clean house because if my environment is messy I have a very hard time being my best self, something I learned when I first got married. 

“I head out to work about 9am. 

“I have a nanny that helps with the kids and laundry while I am at work. 

“So she will come about 11 and work on ‘house stuff’, pick up the kids from school about 2:15pm and then I try to be home from work about 3pm. 

“Evenings are full of basketball, soccer, football, golf, church activities, friends, homework, piano lessons, singing lessons, gymnastics, lots and lots of car pools and a little more work as I try to keep emails and social media comments answered until about 5pm. 

“Dinner is whenever we get to it and a lot of time is eaten in stages. Because of all the different practice schedules…dinner is out and is a self serve style. About 9pm during the school year a bit later in the summer, we come together for family prayer/scripture study and head off to bed. I try to get to bed before 11.

“Teenagers make this goal a bit hard, but it is best for everyone if I get at least six hours of sleep.”


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She is one of a growing number of mothers proud to show off their huge broods online.

“With eight kids everything is always crazy,” she says. “Big and loud and fun. 

“We do a lot of traveling, sometimes instead of gifts for Christmas and I try and make their birthdays special because I want them to know how important each of them are to our family. 

“I can still remember being in labour with our eight child and it was our seventh child’s bday. 

“I just kept praying, please God let this baby wait a little bit longer so Clancee can have her own birthday and Covey can have his own birthday. Covey was born the next morning, with his very own birthday. I like thoughtful and simple celebrations. So most tend to be that way.”

As CEO of Halftee – a clothing company, she admitted her family weren’t short of cash – despite having so many children.

“It does cost a lot of money but the Lord has blessed us with the means to raise all these kiddos with the means in which we have needed to give them a very wonderful life,’ she says. 

Amanda, married to Tyler, 48, says: ‘I knew I wanted a bigger family and thought that I would have five children.

“But after my fifth child I knew there were more. 

“Only once I had our eighth child, is when I felt like our family was complete.”

Unlike the mums of some larger families she does use contraception. “Every single one was planned,’ she says.  

“I always wanted to be a momma. I love being married and I love raising these beautiful kids.”

The family share their story on Instagram

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The family share their story on Instagram

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We also revealed how a woman who thought she’d never become a mum now has ten kids.

And another woman was crushed after her mum told her she “didn’t have the figure” to wear a minidress for a date.

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