Angela Suleman, who became a grandmother of 14 when her daughter, Nadya, gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 26, isn’t holding back about the controversy surrounding the babies – or her daughter, who is already the mother of six kids, ages 2 to 7.
“Her dad and I have told her she has six beautiful children. Why do you want more?” Suleman tells PEOPLE in its new issue, on newsstands Friday. “She is a good person but a little misguided.”
Suleman suspects that Nadya, a divorced single mom who conceived all of her kids via in vitro fertilization, took such a drastic step to compensate for being an only child. “She was always upset about not having brothers and sisters,” says Suleman, who previously questioned Nadya’s decision making.
Suleman also revealed that her daughter, 33, has a degree in childcare from Fullerton College, a two-year community college in southern California. According to Suleman, Nadya has continued with her education. “She almost has her master’s, but I don’t know if she’s ever going to finish with eight more [children].”
Nadya ‘Really Is a Good Mother’
Saying she is “frustrated” by her daughter’s choices, Suleman even disputes a report that she said the children are beautiful. “Newborns are never beautiful,” she says. “They are so tiny I didn’t want to touch them. They seemed so fragile.”
Those close to the family are concerned about Nadya Suleman’s well-being. “[She] looks 10 years older than she did a few years ago,” says neighbor Thelma Steinweg. “She has had it rough.”
Yolanda Novak, who says she served as a home health care worker caring for Nadya’s autistic son three years ago, tells PEOPLE, “at that time she said, ‘I plan to have 12 kids.’ I said, ‘By gosh, I can barely handle my twins,’ and she said, ‘I just like kids.'”
For her part, Angela Suleman – who lives with her daughter in Whittier, Calif., – is trying to decide her next step. “[Nadya] really is a good mother,” she tells PEOPLE. “I love these kids … I’ve been taking care of them since the first one was born, but I need a rest. I need a rest.”
For much more on this story, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday