Large Family Tip #1

Over the years I’ve had many people ask me how I run a household with such a large family. I know that there are many experts out there, but I find that I am still learning from other moms, so I plan to blog about some of the things that have helped me manage my family.

I keep a large family calendar on the refrigerator with a different colored marker assigned to each member of the family. This idea came from my sister, Laura, who had a nice calendar on her refrigerator, but I couldn’t find one that was large enough for our family. As I searched I saw that the largest calendars were the ones that are meant to go on a desk. So I bought one and then took some magnetic strip with an adhesive back (it comes in a roll)and attached a long strip to the top and bottom of the calendar.

Before hanging it up each year I fill in the months, dates, all family birthdays, regularly scheduled activities (such as an online Great Books class for my sons), vacations, etc. Each month I add upcoming activities, for example this year we will be getting our Christmas tree on Saturday, December 1st. By doing this, the older children can plan their lives with family activities in mind.

Each family member records their activities and appointments on the calendar so that I can look and quickly figure out what is happening on a given day. It can get a bit messy, but it still works. This is a section of our calendar this month.

The family calendar has been a huge help to me as the children have gotten older and become involved in more activities. Our schedule is often like a puzzle and between this calendar and my planner, which I’ll write about another time, we are most often where we are supposed to be, with the supplies we need, and at the right time.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. NathanA
    October 26, 2007

    Your calendar scares me.


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