OFFSTAGE: Sara Evans: Loving and Low-Key Works for Blended Family

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Sara Evans and her husband — former NFL player Jay Barker — have seven kids in their Brady Bunch-like blended family. They are 13, 12, 12, 10, 10, 9 and 7. It’s exhausting just typing all those numbers. But it sounds like Evans handles it calmly, lovingly and respectfully. That’s the impression I get after reading this story on “We just try to stay calm. I’m not one of those uptight, overwhelmed kind of girls,” Evans says of motherhood when all seven kids are around. She added, “Jay’s kids fight with each other, and my kids fight with each other, but there isn’t a lot of crossover. We’re pretty strict parents. We don’t let them fight. We don’t let them talk back to us.” She also says she has a very loving personality and is not a yeller. She says she understands what the kids are going through and tries to compensate for that. Evans’ latest single “Anywhere” was released to radio earlier this week.