10 Parenting Shortcuts for Raising a Large Family


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Get the kids to help out
Get the kids to help out with the chores. It will make the work go much faster for all.
Get the kids to help out with the chores. It will make the work go much faster for all.
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Keeping the large family household running smoothly is everyone's responsibility. It's time for a family meeting to talk about chores.

Explain to your group that if everyone does their share, you'll have more time to enjoy with them. Put together a chore list to remind everyone of their responsibilities. Be sure to only assign jobs your kids are capable of doing. If you want them to hang up their jackets, keep track of their mittens or organize their book bags, put hooks and shelves at their eye level.

To keep the momentum going, turn it into a game. Each week, let them pick their jobs out of a fish bowl. Play music while they work and sing along. Hidden surprises such as stickers, coins or small treats will also keep them motivated.

When they are older, let them choose their chores. You might find that one of your kids actually enjoys doing the dishes or has a knack for cooking. If they like what they do, they'll be more likely to do it well.

No matter how you have your kids help out, don't criticize if it isn't done perfectly or the way you would do it. Just be happy it's done!