Friday, February 7, 2014

What It Takes To Raise A Large Family

     When people find out I’ve got seven kids I have gotten every kind of reaction you can possibly think of from utter amazement to complete rudeness. However, there is one thing that remains the same. I get asked by everyone all of the time “ How do you do it with so many kids? I’ve got (insert # of kids they have) and I’m going crazy!!!”

Patience
   I usually answer the same way every time; “Large amounts of wine!!!” after they laugh I then tell them the truth… “God has blessed me with a lot of patience!” If you don’t have patience than it’s probably going to be hard to deal with several kids let alone one. Every day I’m dealing with 7 people, at 7 different ages, with 7 diverse personalities. I have to handle each one accordingly. Knowing that they all rely on me can get overwhelming at times but I do what I have to do to get past it.

Support System
   It also helps that I have a wonderful husband. He works a lot of hours but once he gets home and has had some time to unwind he takes over most nights. Then on his days off he is the go to parent for everything. So his days off are kind of like off days for me as well.

Down Time
   Time to myself is so very important! During times I can’t get out of the house to get a mani/pedi or just run errands alone you best believe I pretend my bathroom is a spa and hide out in there for at least an hour. I also stay awake a little later than everybody else so I can enjoy the quiet.

Last Resort
   When All Else Fails… Moscato is my friend J





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