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Have you ever seen a mom with kids hanging all over her heaped-up grocery cart and marveled at how she juggles it all? Have you ever wondered if you could do it? A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family is written from the practical, experienced perspective of a mother of ten. It has thoughtful, helpful answers to important questions, such as:
• Can a parent meet the needs of multiple children without drowning in sheer neediness?
• How can a moderate income stretch to include more children?
• How can you make space in your home work for you?
• What are some ideas for handling mountains of laundry?
• How can you preserve time for yourself and your marriage?
• How can you manage multiple children and their activities?
Whether your idea of a big family is three kids or ten, this fresh, commonsense approach to parenting will help you find peace of mind and joy in a big bustling household, and, most importantly, learn how a child can feel deeply cherished as an individual.
Mary Ostyn is founder of Owlhaven (http://owlhaven.net), a hugely popular place to share parenting tips and funny mothering moments. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul and in several magazines, including Christian Parenting Today, Adoption Today, and Adoptive Families. As mom to ten children—six of whom are adopted—she is a writer for Workitmom.com (http://workitmom.com). She lives with her family in Nampa, Idaho.
Mary Ostyn is founder of Owlhaven (http://owlhaven.wordpress.com), a hugely popular place to share parenting tips and funny mothering moments. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul, and in several magazines, including Christian Parenting Today, Adoption Today, and Adoptive Families.
Highly readable. Also I like the fact that the author makes a case for not giving our kids all the lavish, expensive goodies that American kids have come to believe they can't live... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Voracious Reader
The author offers needed perspective for those seeking wisdom in raising a large family. I appreciated her candor and see this book as one I'll reread every year.Published 10 months ago by Chris Burke
helpful info, but I had a hard time finding the time to read. I like a book to get straight to the pointPublished 10 months ago by mom
I have five kids and found this book by accident on Amazon. I enjoyed reading it. The ideas aren't groundshaking, and if you have a large family, you may have discovered a number... Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. George
I found this book to be entertaining and informative. I have 7 children and it really helped me rethink some of my logistics with laundry and chores, etc.Published 15 months ago by Kristen M. Broom
I really enjoyed reading this book. Well written. Good tips and interesting to read about another large family, i have 6. There should be more like this.Published 19 months ago by Tana
I loved the book...we are expecting #12....we are a blended family...he had 3, I had 4, we adopted 3 and had one together and now expecting another.... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Susie Kirby
I read this book over the course of two nights. Which considering I am usually so outrageously exhausted, after caring for my 4. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tabatha Ann Martinez
I got this book as a gift years ago, when I had 4 children. I paged through it--read some pages, but frankly, I did not really consider 4 kids to be a lot. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by bridget