Thursday, July 21, 2016

Scheduling for Fall - How I Create Our Schedules

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 stressful times with home and family - but they are brief and do not become a life style.

Monday, July 18, 2016

De-Cluttering: The First Steps to Organization

~ Strategies & methods for de-cluttering
~ De-cluttering principles to keep in mind
~ Where to begin
~ How to be careful with others family member's spaces

Friday, July 8, 2016

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

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 sharing what our family is like we hope to dispense wrong assumptions, and give a beautiful inside view.  *smile*  Welcome to our family!


In “Large Family How-To’s, part 1, I shared how our family of 11 does five practical processes:  laundry, transportation, one-on-one time with kids, birthdays, and hair cuts.  In part 2, I’ll share how we do:

- Bathing kids
- Errands
- Meals
- Professional photos


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Large Family Practical How-To’s: Transportation, Birthdays, Hair cuts, 1-on-1's, & Laundry!

When people see our family of 11 people out and about doing life, they often tip their head to the side, get a puzzled look on their face, and ask, “…How do you do_____?”  This always makes us chuckle because we’re “just us”, and we’ve become the larger group of “just us” gradually, one person at a time, so we don’t often think about the every day things as being unusual these days... 


 
 (Eating lunch while we visited the Museum of Flight)

So these two posts just share some practical strategies for how we get stuff done with our 9 children.  I’ll share with you how we do:

- Laundry
- Transportation
- One-on-one time with the kids
- Birthdays
- Hair cuts


Friday, June 24, 2016

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

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

Naps & Play-Alone Times

  • 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


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Large Families On Budgets - Making More Out Of Less, Part 2 of 2

In part one I began addressing the topic of how a family can do life well on a small income.  
Large family - small income - can they co-exist?   The answer: absolutely.   I would love to share with you what we have learned from the Lord on this topic. * smile* There are two parts to this post; Here is the first part if you'd like to be thorough.

Part 1:   Principles for making a smaller income stretch further.
Part 2:  A list of practical ideas that we implement to make an income stretch further. And a link to the conference video of my presentation of this material.

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