Mum-of-22 Sue Radford hits back as people accuse her of spoiling kids, saying they get treats on Christmas & birthdays | The Sun

MUM-OF-22 Sue Radford has hit back at critics who have accused her of spoiling her large brood.

Instead, Sue, 47, says she and husband Noel only splash out on their children on special occasions, such as Christmas or their individual birthdays.

Sue and Noel are at the head of Britain’s biggest family and mum and dads to their children – Chris, 33, Sophie, 29, Chloe, 27, Jack, 25, Daniel, 24, Luke, 22, Millie, 21, Katie, 19, James, 17, Ellie, 18, Aimee, 17, Josh, 15, Max, 14, Tillie, 12, Oscar, 11, Casper, 10, Hallie, eight, Phoebe, six, Archie, five, Bonnie, four, and Heidie, three.

Since being thrust into the spotlight in 2013 thanks to Channel 4 show 16 Kids and Counting, they have continued to share updates – and of course their new arrivals – with their loyal fanbase. 

This includes stories on how they celebrate special milestones and family holidays, such as their recent trip to Disney World.

And now, in a tell-all Q&A on their family YouTube account, Sue has lifted the lid on their so-called luxury lifestyle and answered back to those who hold that opinion. 

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Speaking from their home in Morecambe, Lancashire – dubbed the “millionaire's mansion” –  Sue shared how one of their social media followers had got in touch on the subject matter.

She revealed: “Somebody said, ‘hey, don’t mean to be rude but why do you guys spoil your kids? Why do you think they deserve it?’”

But she had a firm answer for them and anyone else who held the same opinion.

She replied: “I don’t think we do spoil our kids.

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“I think that we try and give them a good life. [But] I don’t feel like we spoil them.”

Backing up her point further, Sue continued: “They don’t get gifts like all the time – they get gifts when it’s their birthday or Christmas. And they certainly don't get anything in between.”

Sue, who was seated next to partner Noel, also used the opportunity to recall how far they’d come as a family and why it might appear that they live more excessively than they actually do.  

She explained: “I feel like years ago when we had seven kids or whatever we weren’t quite as financially stable to be able to give them that kind of life, whereas now we are, so it might seem like we spoil them – but I don’t think that we do.”

Noel then joined in, as he went on to say: “I would say the only treatment that they get is ‘sweetie Friday.’

“On a Friday when they finish school, you go to the shop and get them some sweets, but besides that that’s it.”

We try and give them a good life. [But] I don’t feel like we spoil them

He continued: “They do go on holidays – we go away in the motorhome and things like that – but that’s just family time. 

As Sue nodded in agreement, Noel concluded: “We don’t consider that to be spoiling them. They don’t get toys, gifts, whatever besides birthdays and Christmas.” 

And it didn’t take long for the Radford’s YouTube subscribers to leap to their defence.

One person wrote: “There’s a big difference to being spoiled and spoiled rotten. Your children are sweet and well-mannered.” 

While a second was in agreement, as they said: “Your kids are not spoiled! You make them mind their manners. Christmas, birthdays and vacations are part of all of our lives.”

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They finished their post by adding: “You have a wonderful family.”

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