Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family by Mary Ostyn

A sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family
Mary Ostyn

 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.

1 comment:

  1. I was wondering whether you would be happy to put up a link in my monthly series called “Books You Love”. The idea is for people to link up posts about a book they loved – it doesn’t have to be one they just posted about. It could be an old fave. I am hoping we will end up with a nice collection of books that can go on our reading lists. Here is the link Books You Loved June Edition