There are lots of things that come with having a large family with kids between the ages of 5 and 15- a big grocery bill, an abundance of sports equipment to trip over, a lack of sleep, a very busy schedule….and a whole lot of dysfunctional family confessions. No family is perfect, we all have stuff we deal with but that’s what makes life interesting and fun. Where’s the fun in perfection? That just seems really stressful to me; trying to live up to an ideal that is unrealistic and unattainable. I’d rather be flawed and happy. And boy are we flawed.
If you’ve ever looked around your house and thought about how your family didn’t measure up to the ideal of the perfect family, or wondered why you couldn’t get it all together like other moms, or felt guilty for sending your kid to school wearing mis-matched socks and shorts that might have come from the dirty laundry pile….well, allow me to help you feel much better about yourself with a few of our family’s honest confessions.
1- We fight the daily hygiene battle with the 8 year old and it gets tiring and frustrating. Sometimes it’s easier to just spray him down with the teenager’s Axe spray and call it a day before sending him off to school. I’d tell you I feel guilty for letting him skip a shower at night a few times a week but I’d be lying. I don’t feel guilty at all. Besides- it is nearly impossible for 5 kids to bathe consecutively at night without running out of hot water. That’s a good excuse, right?
2- We have assigned chores in our house for all of the kids. Unfortunately sometimes those chores go really wrong and it ends up making more work for mom than it would have been to just do the original chore myself. I think the kids do this on purpose but I can’t bring myself to care. So mom ends up with most of the chores and the kids are playing. Pro tip: dish soap cannot be substituted for dishwasher detergent….ever.
3- We established a homework hierarchy in our house. We pay the 15 year old to help the 11 year old and we pay the 11 year old to help the 8 year old. I’ve tried to convince myself that this system helps teach the older kids responsibility. But honestly we do it just to avoid the parental units having to learn how to do common core math. They all have good grades and I’m not driven to alcoholism trying to figure out what a number bond is and what exactly it has to do with math. I’m counting that as a win.
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