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Some tips for raising a large family 

20th Dec 2014

Having a large family can seem like an absolute nightmare if you’re a mum. Getting things organised and also ensuring everyone is happy could be an uphill struggle if you’re not careful. Avoid stress by looking at the following tips and you should soon find that you have things under control. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare, and many mums manage quite well. We reckon they will be aware of the following ideas though.

Organisation

This is one of the most important features of a happy large family. If the family is organised, it can’t really go downhill. With so many clubs and activities for your young ones to get to, it is always best to find a large calendar and start using that to document everything. This way, you are always on top of the week, knowing exactly what needs to happen, and when and where. Some families take this a step further by using an organisation app on their phones, but nothing beats a family organiser calendar (available from most stores) stuck on the fridge. If you can get one of these up and running, you’ll be more organised in days.

Working together for the common good

This is an even more useful aspect of organisation. Get a special chore chart and ensure that it is displayed prominently, and the best place for this is probably the kitchen. This way, everyone in the family will be very aware of the jobs that need doing in the home. If you want to make it an even more sophisticated system, get the chore chart filled out with names of people who are responsible  for the chores. After a while, the more that people check each relevant box, the more the behaviour in the chart will become ingrained. It is worth trying one out first on a very simple level and seeing how the kids respond. Basically, a large family will not survive without stress unless they all pitch in with chores. It’s the responsibility of the head of the house to get chores organised, and everyone else’s job is to help as much as they can.

Get rid of clutter

Ask everyone to spend five minutes every day to tidy up the lounge or kitchen, or both. A little intense tidy up session like this will ensure that the home is kept free of clutter. It really is as simple as that, and it ensures that the people in the house work together. But clutter is just a small matter, it is simply stuff left lying around. So if you are able to get the family members to quickly get decluttering for just a few minutes every day, it will make perfect sense, and you’ll see the results very quickly.

Having a large family doesn’t mean that you have to endure a life that is full of stress and disorganization. Take charge of the situation,and work towards a resolution, within which you are someone who organises the family so it gets things done, and feels calmer and more productive.

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