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

What has having a big family taught you about motherhood?

Patience! Many people think that moms with large families must have been born with tons of patience, but the reality is that we often learn it through the process of raising so many children.

What tips do you have for meal planning?

Always write out a meal for at least two weeks' time. Don't be afraid to serve simple meals and always plan a simple meal on days you will be busy. For example the days I have to take kids to music classes and activities are hectic so I always fix something like pasta with marinara sauce and a salad. This is my meal every Monday. I also plan ahead and prepare something I can freeze for days when we have lots planned. It helps to be prepared in advance.

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

Everyone does chores and I have a chart that rotates weekly. This allows everyone to share the chores and avoid chore burn out. The younger kids (6 and under) are not on the chart but are rather assigned to "help" an older sibling. Things like making the bed and picking up a bedroom are not considered chores but rather daily tasks that is expected from everyone in the family.