If raising a large family was an extreme sport, Toby and Brenda Willis would be gold medalists. In a bucolic country setting in middle Tennessee they focus full-time on family life which includes their 12 children, ages 2 - 21, who are accomplished singers, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and in the case of the older kids, internationally-ranked competitive dancers.
Beyond homeschooling, making their beds and tending to household chores, a normal day for each child begins at 8:00 a.m. and includes rehearsing for a dance competition or musical appearance, designing and creating the costumes worn when they compete or preparing to travel en masse to a contest or gig. Additionally, a few of the boys are following in their father's footsteps and are competitive wrestlers, having amassed 12 state titles.
While some may find their ways unconventional, the Willis clan is living family life to the extreme with equal parts love and intense discipline and it seems to be working!
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