Saturday, February 27, 2016

~*Busting Big Famiy Myths*~

We're going to bust some big family myths today!

The older children raise the younger: 

Biggest myth (LIE) out there!

How many diapers did our oldest two children change in one month? On average, UNO! And that's just to keep them in practice. It is always handy if one of them can take a little to the bathroom if I am knee deep in homeschooling or changing out the laundry, however, it is not a requirement. Yes, they occasionally babysit the younger siblings for a few minutes here or there. I do not feel that aspect is any different in a small family vs. a large family. 

The older children homeschool our younger ones:

Very similar to jumping in to take a sibling to the bathroom, they may occasionally hop in and help out if I get a phone call or need to assist in the medical needs of our son with Spina Bifida. JJ loves math so he is always looking for ways to flex his mind muscles and Kitty just loves Language Arts so she readily steps in if that is the subject currently being covered.

They must be doing all the cleaning and cooking, right?

Wrong! Yes, they are in charge of one meal a day and we rotate which meal and which little one is the helper, but that doesn't mean their mom sits around all day eating bonbons! We firmly believe it is to their benefit to be able to find their way around a recipe or two. And, I prefer truffles to bonbons anyway!

We rotate their chores but, honestly, they have many free hours to fill with their own activityies... maybe too many free hours in which to utter those most despised words, "I'm bored!". 

Siblings don't get along:

We are radically different in our family...yup, I'll give ya that, and one of the largest big family culture tidbits we have instilled in our children is that their siblings are their friends. Period. After all the other kids go home you still have your brothers and sisters, who are your friends first. So, here's the radically different attitude our children have, ready for it? 

They actually *LIKE* each other!
No, really! 
Quit snickering and rolling your eyes!
 Our children really and truly enjoy each other.
See, told you we were radical!


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