As I write and share how things are done in our large homeschooling family, I am overcome with gratitude to the Lord. As you know in Why So Many Children, I did not want to even have one child and yet God has changed my mind and heart to accept as many as He sends. And in doing so, He has stretched and grown me so much.
I have learnt through parenting 7 children with very different personalities that it is critical that we do not major on the minors. I pick my battles wisely and then I stand my ground on those issues. Indeed, not many issues are not worth dying for. But for those that are, like things pertaining to their safety or health, I will not budge.
There are lots of people out in the Internet world dishing out advice on anything and everything. And I know that people expect that someone with more children than them to be wiser than them. But that is not necessarily true. I have two pieces of advice for you. Especially as you walk through the teen years with your children. Read more …
Once you have more than one child, you cannot help but observe how different they both are. So, when you have 7, the differences can be super glaring. Sure, there would be some similarities. But each child is so unique that I constantly marvel at God’s handiwork in their lives. How can children from the same 2 parents be so different?
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Naps are critical for the children and me. So what happens when they transitioned out of naps? No, they are not allowed to run amok, there are babies who still need to nap. Instead, they are required to have 30 minutes of quiet time. No, not the devotional type but to play or read QUIETLY in their cot/bed/room. Read to find out more.
NOISE, lots and lots of it. Noise in a large family is most certainly par for the course. Most days I don’t mind the noise and actually love it. It shows that the children enjoy each other’s company and have loads to share with each other. Better noise than deathly silence in my opinion. So I developed ways to deal with sensory overload.
Yes, a large family creates more mess than a small one… But, a large family also has more hands to help out. I learnt early on that life in a large family with no extra help, requires having systems in place. Systems make all the difference. They are what what makes or breaks the running of the household.
The Lord’s Day. A day to worship the Lord and be with God’s family. And yet, attending church with a large family can be often everything but that. But mom in the trenches, keep keeping on! Because soon you WILL get to sit and listen to the sermons. You WILL get to chat with other adults without being interrupted. Hang in there!
Who are you? How differently do you behave with the different groups of people you interact with? Will your children or husband be shocked when they see you in different environments? Do they truly know you? Do our private and public personas match?