How Do You Handle Having 6 Kids?

mom tips for staying saneAs you can imagine, this is a question I get a LOTHow do you handle your busy schedule? How do you do it with 6 kids and not go crazy (like the guy to the left)?

People often comment on my facebook posts that they are amazed and what I do on a daily basis.  Others just shake their head in disbelief when we talk about the zillions of things on our family’s weekly schedule.  I’ve had older and wiser women tell me I’m a good mom.

You have no idea what all those compliments mean to me, but the truth is, I’m not a superwoman. I’m far from perfect and my family is not perfect either, but here I’ll share 5 simple things that help keep me sane, surviving, and thriving even with a crazy mom schedule.  Best of all, these are all things YOU can start using today.

You see, none of these tips has anything to do with ability or talent.  It’s not about your talent or ability as a parent, or housekeeper, or cook, or tutor, or checkbook balancer, or relationship expert or anything like that.  All the tips I share here today have to do with attitude and mindset, both of which you fully control and can change for the better simply by deciding to do so.

7 Tips for New Parents

parentingHere are a few things I’ve realized over the years as a parent.  I’m sure there are even more things I will learn as I continue to parent my children through adulthood, but today, I share 7 simple things I wish I knew when I first became a parent

  1. Accept that you will not have a full night’s sleep for quite a while (I assume at least a year), especially if you’re nursing. If you do get to sleep a full night, be super-duper thankful because you are blessed!
  2. Understand that there’s nothing “textbook” about parenting.  While some ideas, concepts, tricks, and tips work wonderfully for some families, they may not fit yours – and that’s OKAY!  Plus there are so many “textbooks” out there about parenting and some of them give conflicting information, so obviously it’s best to educate yourself then go with your gut!
  3. Find what works for you.  As a new parent, you’re likely to receive a ton of unsolicited advice and suggestions. lol  Don’t feel bad if a suggestion that worked so beautifully for a friend or family member does not work at all for you.  Part of the “fun” of parenting is finding and figuring out what works for you, your family, and your child.  On top of that, each of your children will be different.  So parenting really, really keeps you on your toes!

5 Simple Things Kids Love

paper-airplaneNowdays kids “toys” are getting more and more expensive, complicated, and “advanced.”  It can be intimidating for parents and sometimes we get caught up in wanting the latest and greatest thing for our kids.

However, I’m sure you remember back in the day, before iPods and Baby Einstein, and all that, there were some simple things kids got a kick out of.  Funny thing is, kids today, still get a kick out of simple things like this.  Turns out the cost of the object does NOT have a direct relationship to how much kids love it.

Here are 5 Simple Things Kids Love…

  1. Paper airplanes – You still remember how to make one right?
  2. Pots and Pans – Just about every kid I know likes to go into the cabinet and pull out a bunch of pots and pans to play with.
  3. “Stickers” Made from Tape - I used to draw a small picture on a piece of scotch tape and stick it on my daughter’s hand.  She loved it!
  4. Happy Faces as Rewards - You seen rewards charts before for putting fun stickers on when kids do their chores or complete some other desired task.  Well, all I did was draw a nice big smiley face on the calendar.  My 2 and 3-year-olds thought it was just as cool.
  5. Good Old Fashioned (and free) Hugs, Smiles & Eye Contact from Mom and Dad :)

UnExpert Parenting Tips – 5 Thing I Wish I Knew Then

timeI was only 19 when I got married and became a parent.  Needless to say I’ve learned a lot since then, but here are 5 things I wish I knew way back when…

  1. Free advice worth what you pay for it. Actually, my uncle says that free advice often “costs” you the most and when you’re a new parent, everyone and their mother has advice they want to give you.  I’m not saying to ignore it completely, after all most of them mean well, but take what they say with a grain of salt and apply what you can where you can IF it works for you!
  2. Just because someone has more kids and more years as a parent than you, it doesn’t mean they know what’s best in your situation better than you do.
  3. Attachment parenting. I didn’t even know such a thing existed. All I know is it tore at my heart to just let my infant cry and I really didn’t think I could spoil her with love at such a young age.
  4. Ultimately, you need to find what works for you and your family. Co-sleeping, baby wearing, CIO, timeout, etc – it works for some, doesn’t work for others. Plus each child is different in how they respond to different instruction, encouragement, or discipline. Only you are around your kids day in and day out. Pay attention. Get to know each child. Trust your gut.

255 Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activities for Kids - Swimming

Summer is here, the kids are home, and if you don’t keep them busy they’ll get bored and drive you crazy! So, I’ve compiled a list of cool resources that give you some great ideas on summer activities for kids.

Some of these overlap a little, but you’ll still have lots of ideas to help keep your kids active this summer. In “numerical” order, here they are…

  • 14 Cheap Summer Activities for Kids from Frugal Dad - Two weeks worth of summer activities for kids. I had to get some ideas from a dad!
  • 60 Summer Activities for Kids from Martha Stewart - I have to be honest. I was wondering how good a Martha Stewart list of Summer Kids Activities would be. Now, this list is quite ambitious. It’s not as “simple” as some of the others, but it does have great pictures, interesting ideas, and lots of resources mixed into the suggestions. It’s really great for creative and artsy types.
  • 80 Inexpensive of Free Summer Activities for Kids - Interesting list separated into places you can go, things you can make, games you can play, and things you can do.
  • 101 Kids Summer Activities - A list this long sounds quite boring, but this list is actually very cute and colorful with lots of pictures. Plus it had a lot of cool ideas that reminded me of my childhood. So fun!

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