Is My Life Really Less Chaotic?

I well remember when all the children were little, when I had four children under six.  It seemed then that there were days in which I lurched from one disaster to another. Scenes flit through my memories, the little crises; the smashed dozen eggs, the pound of butter ground into the back steps baking in […]

Table Manners

Table Manners is an ongoing process and something PC and I believe important. Growing up I remember my father being emphatic that boys should not turn up to the table bare chested and your chair must remain on four legs, my mother was emphatic that each meal was worthy of a tablecloth, PC’s mother is […]

“Are You Having Anymore?”

Warning: If you don’t want to listen to a rant read no further, and this is not really a G rated theme. I’m well used to the much of the world’s reactions against a large family, I grew up as the oldest of eight, I now have eight of my own. People can be so […]

Forming Good Habits

One of my goals for 2009 is re-visiting good habits for the whole family. Habits in many different areas, one is to make your bed every morning! Conversation yesterday goes something like this: Me: I want you to make your bed first thing in the morning. Child: Why? Me: Because it is a good habit […]

My Children, I Praise You!

Once upon a time large families were not unusual, children were not different from their playmates because they had several siblings, they did not have people openly counting heads and making comments in their presence. Growing up a child in a large family today requires a certain humility, a particular brand of courage which leaves […]