10 Parenting Shortcuts for Raising a Large Family


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Prepare to get there on time
Dressing your family in matching outfits makes it easier to keep track of them in a crowd.
Dressing your family in matching outfits makes it easier to keep track of them in a crowd.
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You've lost Jackson's shoe, Marissa has gum in her hair, the twins are crying and you need to leave now!

Whether this is your regular before-work routine or you're trying to get to a special event on time, a little planning will help. Start by preparing the night before. Gather everything you might need including a packed diaper bag, extra clothes, washcloths, toys, snacks, favorite books and a few aspirin for you!.

Save time by pre-packaging your children's outfits. Include a shirt, pants, underwear, socks, hair bows and whatever might go with the ensemble. This is a great grab-and-go way to get to the show on time and works wonders when you travel. When taking part in crowded activities such as a day at the amusement park or a visit to the zoo, select outfits in matching colors. It'll make it easier to keep track of your clan.

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