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He’s been Premier of New South Wales for just shy of two weeks and now Dominic Perrottet is adding dad of seven to his list of achievements.

The 39-year-old and his wife Helen took to social media to announce they’re expecting their seventh child next year, a little girl. “Exciting family news,” Mr Perrottet wrote. “Our family photo wall is going to need another frame! Helen and I are thrilled to announce we have a little girl due next year.

“With five sisters already, William is looking on the bright side — more bench depth on the family basketball team.”

Dominic Perrottet baby

Mr Perrottet became the youngest leader of NSW, after taking over from Gladys Berejiklian earlier this month. While he and his wife will no doubt have their hands full, Mr Perrottet is used to big families. He is the third of 12 children, previously saying, “I had the privilege of growing up in a large family. As you may imagine, my mother ran a very tight ship.

“But with so many of us around, she realised very quickly she could not get everything done by herself. I polished 12 pairs of shoes in summer. I packed 12 lunches in autumn. I changed 1200 nappies in winter and then changed them again in spring.”

He was also grilled about juggling family duties on his first day in the job. “I think what I might lose in time, I gain in perspective. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and I am no different to that, but one thing I do know is that I have a very strong team around me.

“I have a strong family and I have a strong ministerial team who will ensure that our focus is on the people of NSW. Yes I have family commitments, but that should not disqualify one from the job.”

Did you grow up in a big family? What was it like?

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  • Oh wow, 7 kids! They’re keen!! Mind you, they have the money to do it, but what is the body like after so many pregnancies….

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  • I had a half sister who was 2 years older than me and and a half brother who is 10 years younger than me. In the end I couldn’t wait to leave home.

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  • I grew up in a family of 10 kids. I’ve never understood why people choose to have so many children. To me it seems kind of selfish to impose that on children. There was never enough time with my Mum and Dad to go around.

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  • Congratulations to her. She may have big support from family.

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  • Wow! What a handful. I grew up as 1 of 4 kids and I can’t say it was ideal. I’m not close at all with my eldest sister/firstborn who caused no end of trouble. As the 3rd, I always received hand me downs, etc. I have no memory of family holidays, we couldn’t afford it. I was just dragged along to things my elder siblings did, whilst my younger brother (the 4th child) was dragged along to everything his 3 older sisters did.


    • We had lots of hand me downs too and my mum sewed many clothes too. We did however go on holidays, driving from the Netherlands to Switzerland and Austria and many days out too. I’ve many fond memories of my childhood, but hard ones too.

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  • I am one of six children and it was pretty tough as we didn’t have much. I now have four children myself and they can resent each other and feel left out at times but we can provide for them and despite the fights you can see the love. If they can afford such a big family and give them everything they need then good for them!

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  • I love it !
    I come from a family with 5 kids, all girls

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  • Congrats! What a positive story promoting work life balance.
    I was only one of three kids and I have two kids myself. I can imagine it is a very busy household, but plenty of love and helpers to go around.

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  • Congrats to them and their wonderful news. Always a blessing welcoming a child to the world

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  • I think it’s good to have work life balance which is what companies are all about these days so with him coming from a big family and also now having one will hopefully bring out more family friendly policies for working mums and dads.

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  • Congratulations to them, so nice to read a feel-good news story for a change. How lucky for their little boy to grow up surrounded by lots of sister’s.

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  • Congratulations to the happy, big family!!!

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  • Wow!! Congrats to their family. So beautiful. I’m happy to stop at 2 personally

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  • Congratulations to them. I didn’t grow in big family and my 2 kids are enough for me.

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