I'm doing a Question and Answer with the four moms who blog together.
Q What are your personal strengths and weaknesses? And how have you grown in those areas?
A For the first several years of my marriage and in parenting I prayed for self-discipline. I studied it and read anything I could on it. I memorized verses. I stuck verses and quotes up above the sink, on the frig, on mirrors, in my Bible, by my bed. I had to learn to think ahead of this moment in time, this hour. I had to learn to think about supper before 5 o’clock. It slowly came. I’m not there yet. When life gets busy I drop good habits and bad habits are quick to jump in place.
Q How do you manage clothing, handing things down, switching seasons?
A I keep all the children’s clothes in the laundry room in tubs on shelves about 16 feet long. The girls Sunday dresses hang in their closets. The tubs in the middle shelf are for their current clothes and they do not have the lids on. The top shelf has out of season clothes and sizes that nobody is currently in. Changing seasons is always painful for a couple of months. Cold, hot, cold, hot. I guess I manage that bit of chaos by enduring it for a short season. It really helps to set aside a few days, once you’re sure the season has changed for good, and get completely caught up on laundry and change out the clothes and get everyone in the right size.
Q Can the ideas in your book be applied to a single parent household?
A Absolutely. The first twelve years of our marriage my husband traveled a lot with his work. He would be gone for weeks a time. I completely sympathize with home management alone. I didn’t work outside the home though so I don’t have that perspective. Simply assigning house work to days of the week gives direction, puts things into order and frees up time. Knowing what you’re supposed to do and when is freeing.
Q Can the book benefit small families or is it specifically for large families?
A I think this book is more for the mother of young children. By the time someone has a lot of children they have figured out so many things already. I would have loved this book when I had my first one, two, three, four children. Then life got easier.
The rest of the questions are spread between the blogs.
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