4 Moms: Large Family Logistics linky, part 2b

4 Moms 35 Kids answer questions about big familiesAh, Thursday, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways: one day each week, I don’t have to decide what to write about.  The planning is all done for me (thanks, Kimberly!)

Today we’re on part 3 of our blog-through Large Family Logistics, in which we talk about chapters 28-47.  This is the end of the main section of the book; next week we’ll be tackling the appendices.

Let me start by saying I feel very convicted by the section we are focusing on this week.  This is all about creating and maintaining daily routines, and mine are in a bit of a shambles.  I have my minutes, hours and days of brilliance, but I could do so much better!  Maybe you feel the same way?

We do have our daily routines, a list of what we aim to accomplish each day and the order in which it ought be to be done, but we often allow ourselves to be sidetracked and I know that is largely my own fault.  As Kim says in reference to housework, “The speed of the leader is the speed of the pack.”  If I am unfocused and undisciplined, how can I expect my children to be different?

But the purpose of this Kim’s book is to encourage, not to beat down.  I know I can do better, and her book can be a very useful tool in ordering my days.  I posted recently about using the alarm function on my phone to help establish good habits and add discipline to my day; I am setting up new alarms now. Well, soon.  I’m busy writing now.  Mañana.

Large Family Logistics book for moms of manyThis part of the book is broken into very small chapters, some only a page long.  As mentioned in the beginning of the book, it is designed so that you can just flip to the section in which you need the most help.  Of course, if you have CDO  like I do, you can go through page by page, in order.

Some of her tips don’t fit our household dynamic very well; others fit perfectly.  You’ll probably find the same thing, unless you happen to be Kim B. and/or live in her house.  Nonetheless, she once again does a great job of presenting enough specifics to show how you can apply the principles being taught within your household.

One thing that I love is how she gently stresses throughout these chapters the importance of making our husband’s preferences and desires a priority in the way we manage the household.  If your husband is silent on a particular matter, she even reminds you to consider why that might be: does he truly not care, or have you neglected his preference in this area for so long that he has given you your way for the sake of peace?  [KimC hangs head in shame]

One area that sounds easy in theory is one in which we particularly struggle: keeping the house picked up.  We clean up very often – every hour or two.  But 10 minutes after we pick up, our living areas look like they were struck by a tornado or a pack of rabid preschoolers or some other act of God.  Can I hear an amen?  I mentioned the problem of preventing a messy house in yesterday’s post, along with our own solution.  OK, maybe we need a better solution.  Maybe this is the area I need to focus on.

As you may have picked up on, there’s something here for everyone, and it’s certainly not limited to mothers of many.  Any homemaker can learn to manage her home and schedule better with the tips in this book, and Kim provides plenty of reasons why this is important.

…and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. ~1 Timothy 5:10

If you have your own copy of Large Family Logistics you are invited to blog about Part 2 (chapters 18-27) and join us with the linky below!

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