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Large Family Matters: Parenting Young Children While Successfully Managing Your Home

By | June 4th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family Matters, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

 Here is the question I will be answering this time: "I was wondering if you had any insight to those hard years when you have a lot of littles [only] but still need to teach the foundational subjects.  I'm looking for practical helps.  I'm really struggling right now.  My children are 11 mo., 3 yrs, [...]

Large Family Laundry Strategies – More Tips & Practical How-To’s

By | May 27th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Time Efficiency|

Laundry is a very popular subject for people to ask me about.  *smile*  I've posted about it a couple of times ("Large Family Laundry Strategies:  How I Keep 9 Kids Clean, and Why That's Valuable", and "Large Family Practical How-To's"), but I'm always learning and improving my own strategies!  So I'll share some more great [...]

Potty Training Children… In Less Than a Day?

By | May 20th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Parenting, Time Efficiency|

When our oldest daughter was 2-years-old I asked a dear friend how in the world one goes about potty training a child?!  She put a book in to my hands called, Toilet Training In Less Than A Day by Dr. Nathan H. Azrin.  I thought, Praise the Lord and hallelujah!  *laugh!*  Effective, successful, time efficient, [...]

Professional Parenting, Part 2 of 2

By | May 6th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

One of those comments that we get fairly often is, "Wow, you guys are professional parents."  And my answer is No, and Yes!  I am not professional parents in the sense that those people mean, that I have it all together and I've "arrived" as a parent and "have it all down".  Not at all.  [...]

“Raising Real Men” – A book review

By | May 6th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Parenting|

The title of this book grabbed my attention instantly when I found Hal & Melanie Young's web site, RaisingRealMen.com.  It was exactly what I have been seeking wisdom on- how to raise real men - and in the process survive our 4 boys, teach them, and appreciate them. And from what I hear from our friends, family, and our blog readers, this could be [...]

Family Bible Time & Hymn Singing

By | May 6th, 2016|Character Training For Children, How Do We Do That, Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

Our simple time in the Word together Family worship In the beginning The scent still lingers from our delicious dinner.  The adults and older children have their hands around hot coffee or cocoa mugs.  The house is quiet, and the lights are dimmed.  Our fireplace DVD is crackling warmly in the background *chuckle*.  Everyone is [...]

Family Participation: Chores for Kids

By | April 28th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings|

What does God's Word say about teaching children to help? Do chores have to be a chore? Surrender and blessing What kinds of jobs can kids do at what ages? - A LIST OF IDEAS Letting it go...and trying to leave it there When in the day do we have kids do their jobs? How long [...]

Siblings Sharing Bedrooms – “You have *how* many per room?!”

By | April 24th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Large Family Matters, Organization, OUR HOME, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings|

Why is sharing bedrooms valuable? Setting up the bedrooms What about all their stuff? Going to sleep Nap times Ages of children and how that plays in  Do we have boys and girls together in rooms? Who should clean the room? Handling sickness Different personalities?   The topic of siblings sharing bedrooms in our house [...]

Mom Tips – For Prettying-Up Mom

By | March 26th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Marriage, Mom Tips|

I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the "daily-daily" just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be a [...]

Incentives & Rewards for Children’s Behavior, Part 1 of 2

By | March 22nd, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Toys and Activities|

I strive to bring as much delight as I can into all of the children's character and behavior training.  So I look for the little things to praise for and try to jump at those with affirmation. Mini sticker charts Scratch-n-Sniff stickers Honey on their tongue "Ice cubes" Jelly Bellies Competing with themselves "Smackeroo kiss" [...]

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