Ever wonder what it's like having a large family?
Life with a large family can be busy, wild, costly and loud; but life is also, never dull, nor lonely and overflowing with love and joy. I absolutely love looking in my rearview mirror and seeing a van full of beautiful faces smiling back at me. :)
It takes a tight, team effort to run an efficient household and a sense of humour definitely helps.
Here is my view on what it's like having a large family:
A lot of time and energy goes into decision-making in our home. After all, four voices need to be heard (well the baby doesn't count yet, but you get the idea). Family votes are a frequent occurrence.
Yes, they're all mine
I unload child after child out of the van and people look at us as if we're the Von Trapp family. The comments, whispers, looks and stares are constant. Sometimes they're friendly, other times jokingly sarcastic or even out of line; nonetheless, it's a way of life we've come to embrace.
I bet you thought I was talking about taking a deep breath... I'm actually referring to the way my children eat. They are like puppies who are fighting the litter to get their share...worried that a sibling is going to gobble up all the food.
Setting the table, laundry, cleaning and even preparing for craft activities or buckling kids into the car takes double, triple, quadruple etc. the time. Many times people ask me how long it takes to get out the door on my own with my four wee ones. When they were younger it took about three hours and some strategic planning around feedings and changes. Now that they're a few years older, I can pack up the bag and the kids and be out the door in under an hour.
Kids in large families "call" things. Each time they leave a room, they're paranoid a sibling is going to take their seat, their toy, their drink etc. While en route to her time out spot the other day, my three-year old whispered to her sister to guard her toys while she was there.
We choose our outings extra carefully when it involves admission costs for six. Being sure to read the small print on coupons made for families of four. We often take advantage of free and/or affordable activities. When we do purchase tickets to a show or concert, it can be challenging finding six seats together.
More voices to be heard. More eyes trying to see what someone is pointing at. More children waiting for their turn to roll around. More diaper changes. More groceries. More laundry. More opinions. More bedtime stories. More laughter. More to love...
Leanne is a stay-at-home mom, & in her spare time enjoys studying natural nutrition. She is also following a deep desire that runs in her heart, by reigniting the flame she once had for writing.
She hopes that you will come by her blog & join her!
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& did you miss any of these posts from our large family series??