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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 [...]

Scheduling: What To Do With Summer?

By | April 20th, 2016|Family Fun, Schedules and Routines|

Routine...with sunshine? Rain, rain, go away... Fill the children's time - or take a break and wing it? How long should summer be? Hot-hot needs water play! Summer begins in June here in Washington and most parents are probably thinking ahead to it with eager anticipation. *smile* It's tempting and common for parents to approach [...]

Interview: “Staying Well-Rested with Nine Children” – with Malia Jacobson of The Well Rested Family

By | March 18th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Interviews w/ Erika, Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

I was interviewed by Malia Jacobson, the author of The Well Rested Family , entitled, "Staying Well-Rested with Nine Children". We thought you might enjoy learning little more about how to accomplish great sleep with a family of any size! *smile* ********** Malia writes:   "Whenever I meet the mom of a really big family—especially if [...]

Large Family Laundry Strategies – How I Keep 9 Kids Clean and Why That’s Valuable

By | January 3rd, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

About our laundry facility The frequency that I do laundry Stain/soil removing strategies Time-saving strategies A Mistake-saving strategy Our strategy for last minute cleaning in public The value of overall cleanliness for kids People notice when a large family’s kids are clean and well-cared for – and they notice when they’re not.  Some large families [...]

Large Family Preparations to Leave the House – This, too, Has a Plan

By | December 29th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Make lists and notes Prepare as much in advance as possible Start early - it takes what it takes Be the manager, not the primary "do-er" Three examples Preparing to arrive home again  I was often asked how I prepared to leave the house with our family of 11, especially when our 9 children were [...]

Sleep Better – How To Make Your Bedroom a Better Place To Re-Charge

By | December 21st, 2015|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

We spend a third of our lives in bed, but no one teaches us how to orchestrate our bedrooms to help us sleep well! *smile* Here is a photo of our master bedroom. Studies show that good quality sleep (not just quantity) benefits parents of families of any size... There is usually a huge drain [...]

Large Family Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping

By | November 16th, 2015|Favorite Recipes, How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Striving for organization, time efficiency, and for a low grocery budget... *smile* My meal planning strategy Using a Master Grocery Shopping List Using an Inventory Chart Minimize and rotate Utilizing additional freezer and refrigerator space Having a "deep pantry" for longer term food storage How I do shopping with the kids Creating a food pantry [...]

Sick Kids Large Family Style – What I Do When They’re ALL Down at Once

By | October 18th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

The supplies I keep on hand The strategies I implement What if mom is sick, too? Finishing up well - getting back into the swing of things It can be tough enough to have one sick child, but it's a whole new ball game when a mom has 9 down all at once.  That requires [...]

Managing My Time, Part 2 of 2

By | September 27th, 2015|Large Family - Small House, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

This is part 2 of “Managing My Time”. *smile*  In part 1 I talked about why it’s valuable for moms to manage their time, and then how I do that using my desk, a calendar, a day planner, how I organize reading material, grocery shopping & errands.  Here, in part 2, I will share with you my strategies for organizing bills, mail, and coupons as I manage [...]

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