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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?
Many times, as a parent of ONE child, we worry about adding another child to the family. How are we ever going to cope, we wonder? And many times people will offer helpful advice such as “get a maid” and/or “send the toddler to childcare/pre-school”. I share 8 tips on how to not just survive but thrive with the baby and toddler combo, without resorting to employing a maid or putting your older child in childcare, unless you really want to.
Have a couple’s date night without a babysitter? Yes, it is possible if you would think out of the box for a solution and make it work for you. Date nights are more about re-connecting with your spouse as Man and Wife than eating at a fancy restaurant or watching a movie. Manage your expectations and you can enjoy regular date nights without any babysitters.
Are the June holidays a time for you to bond with your children? Or is it a time of dread? Let me encourage you to see it as a fantastic time to re-connect with them. You can also help them detox from the stress of school and peer pressure. Let the holidays be a time for them to chill. Don’t pack it full of activities for the sake of getting them out of your hair.
Do you have a sticky child? I did! But don’t let anyone make you feel guilty that your child isn’t the life of the party. Or that he is unhappy being passed around. As long as you keep calm and keep encouraging, but not push your child to be sociable before he is ready, he will be fine. Find out how to gently encourage him to step out of his comfort zone.