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Living Large: Big Family Perspectives You Can Benefit From

by Sarah Lyons

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On Fun

Many large families must stick to a tight budget. Activities like movies and other outings that cost a lot per person are often out of the questions. Large families learn to find the fun in things that are cheap or free, such as a picnic at the park, building a fort in the living room, movie night at home, a dance party, or learning to bake.

Benefits for all families: Quality family time and lasting memories can be created at little or no cost.

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On Planning

When you are dealing with a large crowd, planning and organization are key to things running smoothly. As a large family mom, meal planning, a chore schedule, and a well-maintained calendar are necessary for our family to thrive. Planning does take time but the results create a less stressful environment for everyone.

Benefits for all families: Planning ahead creates less stress.

On Budgeting

Large families must work with a tight budget and cut costs in creative ways. There are many ways to do this, so you have to prioritize based on your families needs and values to make a budget that you can live with. Some ideas for trimming your budget include cooking from scratch, buying used clothes or other items instead of new, canceling your cable or other subscription services, or taking on household repair projects yourself.

Benefits for all families: Learn to spend wisely and save money. 

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On Chores

Working as a team and sharing chores is a necessity for large families to maintain the house. Teamwork is a skill that is valued in school and in the workplace. Kids in large families learn to use teamwork to accomplish tasks and work with others in all situations. Kids also learn skills that they will be expected to have in adulthood.

Benefits for all families: When everyone pitches in, the work goes faster and children learn about responsibilities.

Large families often stumble upon these perspectives out of necessity, but you do not have to have a large family to benefit from them.

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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