Growing up I always knew that I wanted to have a large family. Not because I grew up in a large family. In fact, I come from a family with one other sibling. So naturally, among other elements that are a tad different with a large family, we have learned creative ways to keep myself and my husband connected with each child on a more personal level.
The fact is that despite the crazy schedules that come with having a large family each child needs to be nurtured in a different way. Our relationship with each other has to be grown and tended to. So here are some great ways to do just that…….
- Errands made fun: Let’s face it errands are an endless task. Even more so when you have a have a dozen children, which means running errands can be made into a great bonding time. Try alternating errand time among the children when possible. For example: When our puppy has her monthly vet visits, I take one child with me and on our way home we stop and get some ice cream from our local ice cream parlor. These little moments can be made special even while being productive.
- Find a common interest: One of the greatest ways to connect with your children is to eagerly seek ways to connect. Every child will have a common interest with you. Even if it means you have to be open to trying new things to find one, do it! The time spent discovering your common interest is well worth it.
- Have a standing date night in: Connecting with your children does not have to cost a fortune. Having a date night in can be a great way to connect one on one with your child. Have your children take turns doing some sort of activity with you alone – watching a movie, playing a board game, playing a game of basketball or something else of their choosing. Please note in order for this to work, you have to remind the others to respect their sibling’s time alone with you.
- Create a mom journal: Mom journals are an amazing little gem. They proved a place for your child to talk to you uninterrupted. Not to mention they help your child develop handwriting skills as well as creative writing. Just don’t forget to take a few minutes to write back to them!
Having a large family can be a bit chaotic at times. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice having an amazing relationship with each one of your children. I would love to know what creative ways you have found to continuously connect with each one of your children!
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