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  1. I would like to suggest an edit to your otherwise very good and thought-provoking column on women and discpleship. In the section on looking for a “unicorn discipler” you outline a picture of an older woman with (wince) a “litter” of children. I have a largish family, most of whom are adults, and I thought I was beyond flinching at comparisons drawn from the animal world. Apparently I’m not. Dogs have litters, as do cats and rats and rabbits, etc., and it strikes me as demeaning to use that term to designate a family with more than, say, two children. I hope you will reconsider your choice of that particular word.

    1. Hey Jennifer! I appreciate your thoughts. I totally see what you mean and can understand why it would seem like an insult to families with large kids. Just for some context though, among my friends, this is a term of endearment. Many of us refer to our kids as our litter, our pups our brood etc. and it definitely is not meant to knock large families – I only have two kids and I call them my “litter”. Regardless, I don’t want to give anybody the impression that I despise large families. So I agree with you that changing that word is probably the right thing to do. There is already WAY too much criticism levied at moms (especially moms with bigger families) and how they choose to parent. I don’t want to contribute to that culture, even if it is by accident. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

      1. I appreciate your kind reply so much! I see what you mean about using the term in a light-hearted kind of way and the last thing I want is to sign on as a card-carrying member of the We Are Easily Offended Club. I hope I spoke for others who might feel slighted *reading* “litter” as opposed to hearing it said, with a grin and a twinkle in the eyes. Thanks again…

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