A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423604518
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/18/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,462,849
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 13.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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When most people think of life in a big family, they picture haggard moms in desperate need of a referee’s whistle. They imagine dads mortgaging their souls to Safeway. They envision enough laundry to fill the Grand Canyon.

I’ll admit it: there are moments where my eardrums throb and I wish for noise-canceling headphones. A hefty slice of my husband’s paycheck does get chewed and swallowed. And the laundry? In a month I’m guessing mine would fill a good-sized swimming pool.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.......................................................................4

Growing a Family Are We Crazy to Want Another Baby?............................5

Money Just How Broke Are We Going to Be?..........................20

Making Space Will We Need a Shoehorn to Fit Another Bed?.........36

Kids and Activities Is It Still “Home Sweet Home” If I’m Never There?....52

Affordable Vacations Is a Disney Vacation a Childhood Essential?..............67

The Supermom Myth Where Is My Supersuit?...................................................80

Parenthood and Stress Will Bedtime Ever Come?.................................................95

Parenting Hacks Isn’t There a Better Way to Do This?..........................107

Likeable Kids Will Grandma Be Worn Out by Our Brood?............. 124

School Success What If My Kid Isn’t an Honor Student?...................141

Encouraging Sibling Friendships Why Can’t They Be Friends?......................................... 158

Celebrating Each Child Will They Know How Special They Are to Me?....... 176

Conclusion Never Alone...................................................................... 190

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    In the world's mindset, any more than 3 kids is considered a lar

    In the world's mindset, any more than 3 kids is considered a large family. When I mention that I have 6, I often get a look asking if I am insane! Nope, completely sane and in love with each one of them! I was so excited when a friend introduced me to this book by mother of 10,Mary Ostyn. Insight from a mom of many is always helpful.


    "Not only is it possible to raise a large family without going broke or crazy, it can also be a joyous, deeply satisfying adventure"


    Just how broke are we going to be?
    Chapter 2 tackles the money myths of raising a child and takes a look at large family economics.


    What about enough space for everyone?
    De-clutter, make the space functional, and get creative. Even the small homes in America today are grand compared to many other countries! It is all about how you look at it.


    What about time for activities?
    Choose activities that are family oriented. Is it really necessary for all the kids to play sports and take music lessons? No it isn't. That is something they can do later in life if they choose, but often time there are enough siblings to play back yard sports with. The internet is super helpful in teaching music skills and languages even.


    "People have a hard time seeing mothers of large families as normal" but we are! We aren't insane, nor are we supermoms. It takes the same characteristics to raise a larger family as it does a 'smaller' one, just maybe a little bit more of them. Important skills for each is inventiveness, flexibility, humor and patience.


    This book is a valuable resource for families of any size. To take a step back and look at your household and how it runs. Cherishing those children whether 1 or 15!


    I loved this book, it helped give validation to me as a Mom of a larger family, which you may find interested is that I don't always even feel like I have a large family! It is the norm for us and just feels right.


    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2009

    Any family, regardless of size, will gain great insights into raising and loving the family you have been blessed with.

    Mary is a camrade in arms, a mommy in the trenches of child-rearing right along with you. You can hear her cheering you on to loving more, learning more about each member of your family and living each day looking for the sweet gifts that come wrapped in some of the most unexpected ways. Watch for great ideas about saving money, affordable vacations, kids and activities, the supermom myth and encouraging sibling friendships. I appreciated Mary's willingness to share so candidly about what works, and is working, in her home while she is yet still in the trenches herself. Her first book reads as if she was sitting right beside you in the other armchair, coffee in hand, just chatting about life and the families we are loving along the way. Your time will be well served by having this book in hand.

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