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Christmas (or Birthday) Shopping Plan!

By | December 1st, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Toys and Activities|

Do you look forward to Christmas and birthday shopping but have been increasingly confused or overwhelmed with the whole process - especially if you're doing it large-family style?  Wondering how you can shop for just the right items for each person while not overspending the budget, purchase items the kids need but balance that with [...]

Scheduling Weekends: what to do

By | August 18th, 2016|Family Fun, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

I've had many questions about whether or not I schedule weekends.  The answer to this is yes, and no.  *smile*. I'll share with you what our plan was like with mostly very young children since that is the season most of our readers are in; but these principles apply beautifully also to older children as [...]

Scheduling for Fall – How I Create Our Schedules

By | July 22nd, 2016|How Do We Do That, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Having a weekly schedule (click here for what that means and what it doesn't mean) for our family of 11 is crucial to fostering family life and healthy relationships.  With a schedule we have productivity, predictability, consistency, and on average - balance.  It helps to produce peace and eliminate chaos.  Not that we don't ever have [...]

Family Practical How-To’s: Professional Photos, Meals, Errands, & Bathing Kids

By | July 9th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Mom Tips, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

We personally love to network with other large families for ideas that enable us to be more organized or more time efficient.  It’s encouraging, and it helps give vision for what large families can be like.  If some people are reading our blog only because they’re curious about what large families are like, then by [...]

Scheduling & Routines: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too. – Part 1 of 2

By | June 25th, 2016|Large Family - Small House, Marriage, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

In this part 1 we will look at: Why I began scheduling How I began scheduling My overall scheduling framework Additional benefits to scheduling In part 2 I will cover: Winging it vs. planning it The blessings of planning Common road blocks Additional benefits of scheduling You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.  This is what we desire in [...]

Naps & Play-Alone Times

By | June 18th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Schedules and Routines|

Our sleep principles  Older children who need less sleep A young child who needs unusually little sleep 2 or 3-year-old's who "quit" napping Enabling naps, not forcing them Napping alone Napping twins Sleeping in on Saturdays My "play-alone time" strategy When I gave birth to our third baby our two oldest girls were ages 3 [...]

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, [...]

Scheduling: Just a Few Kids

By | May 8th, 2016|Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

I have many readers who have growing families and are interested in scheduling, and who have asked me what my schedule looked like when we had fewer children. How did I get things done, and what about when there aren't any "helpers" really yet.  So in this post I'll share with you ten of my [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

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