A STAY-AT-HOME mum who has devoted 28 years to looking after her children has revealed she's finally returning back to work – because she's lonely.
Emma Hann and hubby Roy, a senior nurse, are parents to Scotland's biggest family.
Emma, 52, has devoted the majority of her life to looking after her 13 children in Dundee.
Out of their bumper brood, eight still live at home in their six- bedroom semi-detached house.
But Emma admitted being home with the children all the time can often leave her feeling lonely and overwhelmed.
And she's revealed she "needed" a job to gain some independence.
Emma and Roy invested in a cafe in Dundee a couple of years ago.
The supermum has now started working there part-time – in the first job she's had since having her eldest child – Rachel, 31,
Speaking on the BBC's Scotland's Biggest Families, she said of her new role: "It’s lovely. I really like it. It doesn’t matter how hard it is, I like being here.
"I enjoy leaving the messy house and the kids, and coming here."
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She added: "I didn’t realise that I was kinda missing something.
"The stay-at-home mum thing, I think I kept telling myself I was loving it.
"But there were times when it was so completely, very, very lonely and very overwhelming.
"I’ve been really surprised, coming into work, how having time for myself how necessary that was. I didn’t know I needed it.
"Roy’s got his degree and he’s got a good career and he loves it, I don’t have anything like that.
"Do I want to, you know, try and educate myself? I don’t know, I feel a wee bit old.
"I’m happy here but I want to do something more. But this has given me a little bit of independence and I like it."
Emma now relies on her elder children to help get their younger siblings ready for school so she can head off to work.
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Suporting his wife, hubby Roy said: "Now that we’re both working, there’s a lot of them that are older who can help get the younger kids to school and be around to supervise."
The Hanns are parents to Rachel, 31, Sophia, 29, Polly, 28, Charlotte, 26, Alice, 24, Annabelle, 22, Jennifer, 20, Isabella, 18, Jonas, 17, Enos, 14, Eva, 13, Posy, 11 and Meg, seven.
- Catch up with the Hann Family in episode three of Scotland’s Biggest Families on BBC One Scotland next Monday, November 14, at 8pm
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