Betty Hayes: Mom of 10, Star of New Reality Show on TLC


Betty Hayes is a mom of 10 who has opened her home to the world for the new TLC show, Table for 12.

Table for 12, TLC

Photo by: Table for 12/TLC

Betty is a mom you want to know. She's bright, funny and very down-to-earth. As the mother of 10 kids, she has inexpensive family entertainment suggestions as well as sanity tips for moms. Here's the first part of my interview with Betty, and I'll have the second part for you on Monday, the day the first Table for 12 show airs on TLC.

Eric and Betty Hayes have a big crew to take care of! The family consists of 12-year-old twin boys Kevin and Kyle, 10-year-old twins Kieran and Meghan, and 4-year-old sextuplets Tara, Rachel, Ryan, Connor, EJ and Rebecca, who has cerebral palsy and is extremely special to the family.

Eric Hayes is a police officer, and Betty is a stay-at-home mom. Betty is one of those people who instantly makes you feel comfortable. I met her by phone the other day and we went over the time scheduled for our interview! I enjoyed meeting her and I hope you will too.

Entertainment Buzz: What made you decide to do Table for 12?

Betty Hayes: (Laughing) The decision has been in the making for over 4 years! I am the last hold out in the family. Seriously, one reason we finally decided to do the show because we thought it would help bring awareness of cerebral palsy to more people. We've seen the positive impact of other shows, like Little People, Big World, and that's what finally won me over.

EB: Are you nervous about your family getting negative publicity like some
other families on TV have?

BH: I am nervous! But we've made the decision and we're moving ahead.

EB: What has changed since you let cameras into your home?

BH: (Laughing) My house is cleaner! Seriously, it's weird having cameras follow us around but having a big family like ours, we're used to a lot of people being around.

EB: What is the best thing about having a large family?

BH: There are so many things, too many to name. But I think the fact that our kids always have someone to play with or hang out is one benefit of a big family.

I will have more of the interview with Betty Hayes on Monday. Table for 12 is premiering Monday, March 23 at 10 PM ET/PT on TLC.

What do you think about having 10 kids? Does Table for 12 sound like a show you will watch?

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diand... diandradawn

I only count ten kids... The Table for Twelve is counting the parents as well.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I don't watch any show like that, but good for her for putting her family out there to help raise awareness.
(Also thank god TLC picked her up - people supporting their own kids - instead of Nadya.)

ITell... ITellItLikeItIs

This family looks more wholesome and down to Earth as compared to Jon & Kate's bunch, so I think I'm going to give their show a look. I love Little People, Big World too, but Jon & Kate have always rubbed me the wrong way. I look forward to seeing this family of 12.

qtdavis qtdavis

i love Jon and Kate plus 8. and i look forward to giving this show a shot. all these ppl make me feel like if they can handle all that, i can handle my plate too.

qtmomof2 qtmomof2

I love the one hour episode their family did a few months back. I was happy to hear they were gonna do a season of episodes. She seems very down to earth and much like many Moms that I know. I'm looking forward to the new show :)

paige... paigesmommy5264

sounds like they are riding on the coat tails of John & Kate plus 8...I watched the one hour episode and wasn't really impressed...

ameli... ameliasmama1026

I haven't seen it yet. I want to. It looks interesting.

LiliM LiliM

Glad to see that there will be someone to try and negate the crappy image Jon and Kate have put out there...people pimping their kids while deriding one another on national TV.

I have been reading about them, and I like what I see, so I am looking forward to this.  I also love Little People, Big World.  That mom is awesome.

Libra... LibraryLady200

They are polar opposite of the horrible Jon and Kate.

This family will put their children first and not worry about spas and pedicures. Betty Hayes knows the meaning of Mom. All Kate does is whine and complain.


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