THE START of the school year is chaotic for any family, but when you’re a parent of 13 children, it can be absolute carnage.
Emma Hann, 51, mum of Scotland’s largest family, is looking forward to a quieter year now that only four of her massive brood need to go into school.
The family-of-15 now only have four children in school and it is far easier for mum EmmaCredit: Mhairi Edwards/DCT Media
Emma now only has to arrange four school uniforms where previously she had to sort a whopping 13Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
The huge family, who live in Dundee, are known for being the biggest family in the country.
But now that only seven of her children live at home, Emma is looking forward to a far more relaxed return to term time.
This means the family won’t have to shell out for more than a dozen school uniforms and the school run will be far simpler for Emma and her husband Roy.
Of the seven left at home; the two eldest, Enos, 13, and Eva, 12, head off to secondary school, while the two youngest Posy, 10, and Meg, six, go to primary school.
While Alice, 22, heads out to work and Jennifer, 19, and Jonas, 16, get themselves ready and go to college.
Speaking to Daily Record, Emma said: “We only have four at school now so it’s much easier than it was.
“I wake the high schoolers up at 7.30am then the wee-er ones at 8am. Sometimes they might go in for a bath if they’re sleepy because it helps them wake up.
“It was all quite exciting this morning but it will get harder as the weeks go by.”
Emma explained that a huge weight was lifted when her youngest children all started primary school last year, after have children doing half days at nursery for decades.
And it was a bonus of the mum-of-13 that she only needed to source four uniforms this year.
Emma said: “We lived in America when we had nine and they didn’t have school uniforms there, then we came back here and it was a nightmare trying to get everything they needed.
“The worst thing is shoes. We tried cheap shoes but it wasn’t worth it financially because they only lasted a few weeks then they needed new ones again.”