If you’ve got a big family, life can be a bit chaotic at times. But with multiple kids, you’ve also got a ready-made party at home. Hurrah!
Here are things mums with big families know … any you’d add to the list?
You know EVERY parenting hack going
With a super-busy household, you are the master of genius time-saving tricks.
So whether that’s pouring a can of Coke down the loo to shift stubborn stains through to putting talc on clothes before washing to get rid of grease, you’ve got it sorted.
You never get a good family photo
It’s hard enough to get your OH to smile in photos, let alone all your kids.
And when it comes to getting them all to look at the camera at the same time – forget it.
Your weekly planner would rival the boss of any big company
Everything is color coded so you know exactly who needs to be where, and when.
All of which means …
You do more miles than an Uber driver
Dance classes, football matches, toddler groups.
Each of your children has a busier social life than you, which means you spend most of the day in your car ferrying them around.
Luckily, you have a MASSIVE car
With so many kids to fit in, your family car may be almost the same size as a minibus.
And you dread to look at the mess in the back.
Your weekly shop costs (almost) more than a family holiday
Luckily you are brilliant at finding bargains in the supermarket.
And thank heavens for online shopping – you can never find a trolley big enough for your weekly shop.
You are constantly doing head counts
It can be hard to keep track of all your kids at times. Which means you do a count-up on every family trip out to make sure no one has been left behind.
The last thing you want is a ‘Home Alone’ moment …
Family holidays need military planning
If packing all the suitcases isn’t stressful enough, you have the journey to contend with … which means hours of refereeing arguments in the back.
Not to mention the ridiculous amount of money it costs for you all to go away. Only one thing for it – camping.
You hear LOTS of inappropriate comments
Total strangers seem to think it’s fine to make comments about the size of your family.
From ‘you’ve certainly got your hands full’ through to ‘are they all yours?’ you sometimes feel like everyone is judging you when you go out all together.
And you hear ‘I don’t know how you do it’ at least once a day
After a day of the kids all falling out, you don’t know how you do it either …
You become the world’s best referee
There’s always a couple of your kids arguing over something.
Which means you spend much of your time breaking up rows, telling the kids to share or sending someone for a time out.
(And at times you’re seriously tempted to send yourself for a time out, for some peace and quiet.)
You have a party house
It might be noisy and chaotic at times, but it feels like one big party in your house.
Which is brilliant fun and you wouldn’t have it any other way.