One of the most comical things I encounter when going out in public with my children are the looks I receive. The looks are a mix of wonder, pity, amazement and fascination. Why?
Well, I have four children, of course.
Who, in their right mind, would have four children?
I would. I have a large family. And I am not crazy (Maybe). 😉
Look, not everyone is cut out to have a large family. It is certainly a personal preference. In today’s world, the average household size is 2.53 people. A drastic difference compared to 100 years ago. However, those of us who have large families really don’t need the, um, awkward looks when we go out in public either.
I have received comments such as “my, you have a lot of kids” or “do you know what causes that”. What about “boy, your hands are full” and “they sure are expensive to raise”.
The standard consensus to anyone with children:
My crew! Love this bunch!
Being A Mom Of A Large Family
It isn’t easy being a mom of multiple children. But it is a lot of fun as well. I love the crazy, insanity of this busy, wild life that I have. There are multiple times when I want to cry and fall down from exhaustion as well. My heart fully loves all of my littles.
Listen, you are going to be tired. That’s okay. You are going to be frustrated at times. That is okay too. No matter how many children you have, you have a job to do. Your job is to raise, love and nurture your child into a fully functioning adult.
:: Accept your children for who they are – Not who you want them to be.
:: Believe in the choice you made. You made the choice to have a large family. You aren’t crazy. Believe that.
:: Spend time with each child. Find even a few minutes each day to look into your child’s eyes and really talk to them. More time is better, but we all have busy days. Make it a point to give each one individual attention.
:: Don’t let your quiet child get pushed aside. The non-talker needs attention too.
:: You may have a bad day. It will happen. Seek forgiveness, start the day new and move forward. Also, find out why things turned ugly. Sure, your kids may have dumped mud on your floor and ate worms then threw them back up on your couch. How can you not lose your cool again?
There are no perfect parents. Or perfect children. Juggling them all can be hard, but it can be done. In my eBook, “31 Days To Becoming The Proverbs 31, I talk about the example God gives us in Proverbs of a Godly woman, wife and homemaker.
Don’t get discouraged or frustrated when the world thinks you are crazy for having a large family. Everyone has the perfect family size for them. Are your children loved? Are they cared for? Are they thriving? Then you are doing a fine job. 🙂
How many children do you have?