Person: How often do you see your kids?

Divorced father: I see them every Friday.

Person: What do you do when you have them?

Divorced father: We usually go to the arcades.

Is the highlighted question natural in the context? Is it natural to use have them here?

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Yes, it is both grammatical and natural to use in this context. Them is also appropriate as there are multiple kids and not a single kid.

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    To have a child can mean to give birth, but obviously it doesn't in this context. The father has the children in his charge on Fridays. May 5, 2020 at 16:39

Yes, I agree with Xnero. The grammar and use of the word "them" is fine in this context. In situations where divorced parents are sharing joint-custody of their children, they often ask who "has" the kids in order to plan their week.

For example:

"Frank has the kids on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, *and I have them the rest of the week."


"You forgot to pick up the kids! You have them on weekends, remember?"

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