Me and my precious #7. I can't even imagine life without her.
People ask me just about everyday how I can possibly have 10 kids and still be sane when they can't even handle to 2 or 1 or 3 or whatever they have. I smile and try to explain that it really does get easier with each child and that I'm not some super woman. They look a little puzzled or just shake their head and walk off. Other moms of many seem to understand this phenomenon. And recently I ran across an article on another blog that just sums it up so nice and in a humorous way. I just had to share.
Here is the link to the complete article.
And here is my version:
1. There are many traits learned by children in larger families that actually make parenting them easier, namely patience, humility and work ethic.
2. Balance and other gymnastic type skills. I can maneuver through a room full of small toys in complete darkness with quiet skill. I can drop a falling glass of milk in mid air. I can quickly reclaim a small child from falling down stairs, etc.
3. Praying. Kids learn early on that they always have someone to pray with, pray for and have pray for them. Prayer is vital in running a large home and with more kids to pray for, you naturally spend more time praying which is definitely a good thing.
4. They learn to take the word "no" without a fit and they learn to say "no." Actually, I think it's good to give a child their daily dose of vitamin N. I heard a parenting expert speak on this once and I think it is so good and so true. Kids today are so often told yes, OK, sure honey, whatever you want. That is why our society is filled with selfish, self centered kids. Also, children in large families are always telling each other no, especially the toddlers around.
5. Spying. I love how each of my children can really never get away with anything. Even the ones out of the house are telling me things about each other. It's great. Like the Bible says, "Your sins will find you out!"
6. Friendship. They always have instant life long friends around to play or just hang-out with. I don't have to worry about scheduling lots of play dates and then be concerned about the other kids' family, home or life style. It's great!
7. Love. My kids are so very loved, not only by their parents, but by each other. And it's wonderful to have so many "each others." Like the quote from Cheaper By the Dozen, "There are many times I want to kill you, but I would kill FOR you in an instant."
And one I added.....
8. Entertainment and Help. Kids make you laugh. My husband and I are never bored and never lacking for a willing hand to help with whatever is needed at the moment. I'm so thankful for the joy having a large family brings.