“Super dad” gaining popularity for managing a household of 17 kids

  • In  a world where raising children seems more difficult, Noel and Sue Radford are raising 17 children
  • Because of raising such a big family well, people are giving more attention to their family and called Noel ‘Superdad’
  • They have their 18th child coming next month

Raising children nowadays seem to be more difficult with the growing demands of a technology-driven world. However, for Noel Radford and his wife, Sue, it is still a thrill and a joy – even if it means raising 17 children.

Yes, that’s right. Noel Radford is a father to 17 children, and he is getting more and more attention for being good at it.

The local press in Britain has taken a liking to them thus the many features on them in various media.

For the recently concluded Father’s Day, online news agencies such as The Mirror and The Sun did a story on them to highlight the wonder and complexity of raising such a big family. One of the news agencies dubbed Noel as the “Superdad.”

The leader of the biggest family in Britain goes to work at 5:30 in the morning, comes home to do the school drop offs, picks up his kids after work before sitting down for tea at home.

He is raising 17 children, and there will be an 18th one on the way, due next month.

Noel and Sue are parents to Chris, 27, Sophie, 22, Chloe, 20, Jack, 19, Daniel, 17, Luke, 15, Millie, 14, Katie, 13, James, 12, Ellie, 11, Aimee, 10, Josh, eight, Max, seven, Tillie, six, Oscar, four, Casper, three, and one-year-old Hallie.

It would’ve been 18 children but unfortunately, they lost baby Alfie 21 weeks into the pregnancy two years ago.

“We don’t plan to not have any more and we don’t plan to have any more. If it happens it happens, that’s how we roll,” Noel said.

“Sue seems to think it will be the last, we will just have to see. Sue’s motto is never say never. The kids are over the moon – they cannot wait. We come home every day and the paints are out with posters saying ‘we love you baby.'” he added.

Sue and Noel were childhood sweethearts. Sue got pregnant when she was just 14 years old and because both of them were given up for adoption as children, they were determined to keep the baby and give it a home.

When they turned 17, they got married and found that they really enjoyed being parents.

“We always wanted three or four, but after the third and fourth we realised we really enjoyed it and kept going from there. We found it got easier after we had three. They play amongst themselves, that is one of the advantages of having such a large family. They have always got somebody to play with, they are never bored and they have always got friends around the house,” Noel explained.

Although their lives are quite hectic, the couple still finds time to keep their romance alive. They have a monthly date night. Admittedly, they end up talking about their children most of the time.

Noel has his own bakery business under his management and Sue keeps things organized at home. The couple agrees that it would be challenging to run their household if they had another boss.

“We are lucky because we have got our own business so I can go into work early while the kids are still in bed then go home and help Sue with the school run then go back to work for the day,” Noel said.