Blowing the Stereotype: Mom of 5 Playing Flag Football

Mother of 5 Ann Romney, 63, running a touchdown.

Wendy has written extensively on the stereotypical “woman in a shoe” idea. The stereotype goes like this: a woman with so many children will be fat, her body will be worn down, and she’ll deteriorate into nothing. Conclusion: to stay sexy, don’t have kids. I stated in our book Love Another Child

Women like Wendy (housewife, mother of 15, living on a modest income) are stereotyped. She should be fat, barefoot and pregnant, at her wit’s end. Her life should be oppressive and overwhelming. She should have no self-esteem, no joy or fulfillment. You know, the woman-in-a-shoe template.

We’ve found nothing but the opposite to be true, and now the likely future First Lady is showing it off. Check out the pictures and story here. Ann Romney led the charge with a game of flag football with the traveling media. That’s her running a touchdown. She’s 63 years old.

Let that settle. Ann Romney – mother of 5 and grandmother of 19 – is running touchdowns against a bunch of media 20-somethings. She’s 63 years old! What more blows the stereotype?

Tonight is the final Presidential Debate between incumbent President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. I’ll be hosting a LIVE Twitter Feed with debate coaches and students from across the country, posting our debate analysis as it happens. This is an incredible way to watch the debates: read up on how to do this here. If you’re a debater, Tweet me @chrisjeub and I’ll get you in this room. Your analysis will be valued!

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • sfrederick

    I’m a mother of 14 children- I live in Minnesota and I understand what your talking about in regards to the women in a shoe template. I get that all the time and i think and feel great for the large family i have! I love your website! You guy’s are great!

    • http://www.chrisjeub.com/ Chris Jeub

      Way to go, sfrederick! Thanks for the encouragement.

  • JDK

    Anne Romney is incredibly wealthy. She didn’t have to raise her children. She doesn’t have to work, or scrimp. She probably has personal trainers, masseuses, hairstylists, etc that work for her. It seems natural that she’d be fit and in shape

    • http://www.chrisjeub.com/ Chris Jeub

      Oh please. What is Wendy’s excuse for looking great and healthy at 16 children, then? JDK, your comment is ridiculous.

      • JDK

        Well, Wendy is about 20+ years younger.

  • Nina

    Honestly, I thought when I was reading further that she was blowing the stereotype of people suffering from MS. She does look very good for 63 and I am happy that she is able to run with good health and look so beautiful. Her medical care must be superb if she is running so well when many women her age with multiple sclerosis are confined to wheelchairs.

  • http://twitter.com/Marble_Smith Jennifer

    The idea of Anne Romney as the likely next 1st lady is scary, and I say that as a Mormon!

    Anyway, I have known many ladies with large families who still stay in shape. Mormon women can be pretty competitive and we play sports in our ward against other wards so it is not uncommon to meet women with many children who are still healthy and fit. It’s all the mindset, I suppose. I used to be on a ward volleyball team with a woman who had her 11th child the same year her oldest graduated from BYU and she was as thin as a nail. And I know a lot of women who like to run 5Ks and train with their kids. I say, “I know,” because I ain’t one of them!!

  • Angela

    Jdk’s comment is not at all ridiculous! That is so not nice to say. I feel the comment makes a lot of sense!