The Waalkes Family

The more the merrier! That’s the Waalkes family motto. With 10 adopted kids and two biological kids, Erica and Dan love their big family. The busy schedules and controlled chaos of 10 kids in the house mean Erica and Dan have to be honest with themselves and with each other. They’re mindful about distinguishing between behaviors that are triggered by trauma and behaviors that are just normal kid stuff. They give each other parenting breaks and loving reminders to lighten up. Adoption isn’t always easy, which is why the Waalkes are the first to laugh at themselves and their sometimes-chaotic life.