But when the children in question happen to be sextuplets, the strain could push a family to breaking point.
Fortunately for Graham and Janet Walton, the pleasure of having five of their six 23-year-old daughters back home far outweighs the upheaval it has caused.
The couple, who made history in 1983 with the birth of the world's only all-girl sextuplets, said that they couldn't be happier.
"I love that they're all around," said Mrs Walton, 54. "It would be so lonely without them. All I want now is for them to produce some grandchildren."
All six girls - Hannah, Luci, Sarah, Kate, Jennie and Ruth - moved out soon after they turned 18, but over the years returned one by one, the family tells this week's edition of First magazine.
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