Large Family Mothering

A Christian homeschooling mother of 15 encourages others on their journey of motherhood.

Large Family is a winner of Top 25 Moms With Big Families - 2013

What has having a big family taught you about motherhood?

Having a big family has taught me that there is a dichotomy about motherhood; we have to be very, very sensitive, grace-filled and loving while also being tough and strong.

What tips do you have for meal planning?

I tend to keep my pantry stocked with foods that we can afford and that are versatile. Then we plan meals a few days ahead to keep us from relying on the "easy fixin's"! I do major shopping at the beginning of the month to fill up our pantries, then I only go to the store for perishables the rest of the month, being very strict to stay within our budget.

How do you get your children involved with chores? Please share what age these tips are appropriate for.

We don't quibble about chores around our house; if you live here, you help here! Everyone has something to do; the tiniest ones can fold simple washcloths and small towels, pick up their toys after the play with them, and be "runners" for an older sibling. The middle children can begin to fold more clothing, put clothing away, clean under beds, set the table (and clear the table), fix simple sandwiches, bake cookies, and be helpers to people older than they are. The oldest children can plan and cook meals, wash dishes, vacuum and mop, polish furniture, organize closets, clean and mow the yards, etc. We don't give any allowance for chores, but we have found that team spirit can go a long way to keeping people happy and blessed while getting the daily requirements accomplished.