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Orderliness – A Closer Look

By | January 19th, 2017|Character Training For Children, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Time Efficiency|

The concept or "orderliness" can be a vague one often times when we think about it more in depth. Most of us know how to put something into order, like our shoes or our bed; however many people do not know why that's valuable, how to go about it, and how it very practically and [...]

A Public School Stay-at-Home Mom – Time Management, On Purpose

By | January 12th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

In fall 2016 my world was turned upside down. *chuckle* At least it felt that way. It has been my first year as a public school mom after 13 years of homeschooling. Talk about a life change, ho-ly-cow. *laugh* Over the course of the past 18 months I have had a number of circumstances converge [...]

Christmas Uncluttered

By | December 30th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, OUR HOME, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

Decorating- uncluttered Simple delights Simplifying celebration plans Making a list, checking it twice Keeping the calendar uncluttered The Christmas story   We have been slipping out of summer here in Washington and in to the clean, crisp air of the fall season.  *smile*  I love our four seasons here in the United States, and I [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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