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The 4 Moms are answering questions this week and my inbox is a little low on them, so I'm asking you  to ask me.

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  1. I am wondering how you have handled chores and schoolwork with a very fussy toddler?? My fourth is 16 months old and she is making it very difficult for me to get things done. She has been teething for months, is prone to many ear infections and just in general has a fussy personality. I am struggling with her more than my other kids to get anything done.


    PS. I love the tip for drink cups yesterday. Absolutely genius!!!

  2. I just had a baby and this is only #2…how do you sleep train your babies (if you do such a thing)? Also how do you keep up your energy for all your kiddos and your hubby after you have a new baby?

  3. I would love to know about how bedtime works in your household. Are your children allow to watch tv until they fall asleep, play handheld video games, etc. What times are they in bed? I have a 2 year old, 3 year old and 7 year old. Bedtime is a nightmare for us.

  4. What are your older children thinking about college? Will they go? Will they go “away” or locally? It is interesting to me to see what homeschool children do about college.

  5. How do you decide on names? We are expecting #6, so this is a hot topic in our house right now.

  6. What kind of curriculum do you use?

  7. Ok, how do you keep your house from looking like a tornado hit it?
    My house is “clean”, it just rarely feels that way because there are always various things dropped on the floor through out the house. As I sit here, on the floor next to me is a binky, box of legos, 3yo’s skirt, 6yo’s reader, empty t.p. roll, and a scrunchy. None of these items were there an hour ago. I turn my back on the kids while helping one of them with school and the place quickly looks trashed.
    Does a more structured schedule help with this? Does becoming a toy nazi work?Or do I just resign to picking up constsntly throughout the day, maybe turning it into a workout by squatting rather than bending?
    A detailed “Day in the Life of” post would be great!

  8. I would love any advice regarding disciplining toddlers! I have a 21 month old who throws toys with as much gusto as humanly possible. We discipline him consistently, yet are frustrated with any noticeable change. I get worn out and turn the tv on to distract him. if he is not watching tv, he is throwing toys.

    Also, at what point do you not worry about him not eating? I don’t want to cater to his pickiness, so at dinner, he gets what we get. And he often won’t eat a bite. I think that should be his only dinner option but my husband wants to give him something else.

    Thanks for any input!!!!

  9. Have you ever had a toddler who could get partially out of her own car seat, and who would do it while the car was moving? What did/would you do in that case?

  10. I have a loaded question we have struggled with for years. What is your view on birth control?

  11. Oh, I LOVE this!
    I want to hear most of your answers to the above questions…especially college related and betimes. Taking care of a toddler during school is another good one! My boy can take a part faster than you can say boo!
    But, what I really struggle with is what goals I should make 100% to cover for homeschooling. I know there are many “general” lists. But I want the bare bones, do or die list. I have been a mom for a long while with kids ages 20 to 2, but this is only my second year of homeschooling and I just feel like I am always wondering…Push harder. Pull back? Go faster. Slower? I have a second grade boy who is artsy and easily distracted. Super sweet and super sensitive. We do second grade and I just want to make sure that if nothing else. I have covered the absolutes. Does that make sense? Some days there are tears of frustration for him and I want to be compassionate and patient when math makes him cry or he is reading extremely slow. But, I also want to keep nudging him along as well.
    You have experience! And clearly lots of it!
    I look forward to all of the Q and A’s!
    Thanks, Kristin

  12. It’s time for us to buy a new vehicle. Right now we drive a minivan. We can’t decide between something with more room, (all our seats are filled, and the teens feel squished) or something of the same to save on gas mileage, what would you do?

  13. Well, I feel a little silly asking this, since all the other questions are so, um, honorable and all about being a better mom, but what I really, really want to know is how do you get the little pictures to pop up on the bottom of your post? You know where it says “you might also be interested in…”? How did you put that there?

    And also the stuff about what to do with toddlers during school .


    • I’m responding, because I just did this about a week ago, after wondering forever how to do it. Just click on the little “link within” that’s kind of lightly colored beneath the pictures. It will take you to the site, where you can literally be set up in seconds. You don’t even have to sign up, just install the widget. It’s so unbelievably easy and quick, and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to figure it out!!!

      • Oh my gosh! That is so cool!!


        And thank you, Connie from Smockity Frocks, for bringing me together with Nony the Slob, and making my blog just a little prettier and COOLER. And also for having 8 kids. And still looking un-frumpy and happy, thus proving to the world that many children does not a frazzled haus-frau make. And for your videos, I really like those.

        I’m a big fan. :)

        • Smockity Frocks says:

          Thank you, Brieana! I won’t post those frumpy, frazzled pictures of me, and you keep right on coming back here, okay? :)

      • Smockity Frocks says:

        Thank you, Nony!

  14. I’m not sure if you’ve addressed this before and I just don’t remember. It’s also possible someone else asked it in the above comments. But I don’t feel like reading them today.

    Sooo… what do you do with the toddlers and baby, so basically the under-Kindergarten-crowd while homeschooling the older ones? I’m feeling REALLY guilty lately about the amount of time I give my 3 year old, 17 month old twins, and 2 month old. My husband has even suggested I send the older three to public school so I can give the younger four more time and attention. GASP! Serious anxiety here. Any ideas would be so appreciated.

    • Would love to hear the answer to this. I was going to ask something similar. I have a 1 month, 16 month, and 4 y.o.. Wondering also how you do school with the other children. My middle group of kids are 8, 10 and 12 and feel like I can’t keep up with all the kids and house. Suggestions?

  15. Alice McD says:

    How do you keep straight which clothes currently belong to whom? Returning laundered clothes to the rightful owners is hard to keep up with, unless their size is unique. My daughters wear the same size now, and sometimes even they can’t remember which thing is theirs — but get testy when they see sister wearing that shirt they’ve been looking for!

  16. My question is about older children and electronics…. do your children have a DS, Ipod, cell phone or their own computer? Do you limit their time on these devices and if so, how much time do they get in a day? With young people today being so into technology and electronics, it is very overwhelming, especially for this mom who got her first cell phone at the age of 34.

  17. How many bathrooms do you have, and how do you manage bathroom time?

  18. How do you store/organize your children’s clothes, including socks and underwear? I’m trying to figure out some better ways to store these things, so I’m wondering what other large families are doing with these things.

    Oh, and the whole toddler/preschooler during schooling thing is of great interest to me also!

  19. Rough-housing: Allowed in house? Running? Wrestling? Playing soldiers? Yelling? (During winter when no one wants to go outside)


  20. How do you go to sleep? (Sounds like a funny question) I am definitely exhausted by the end of the day but as soon as I hit the bed my mind won’t quit. I watch t.v. thinking it will help; I watch for a while but as soon as I turn it off my mind starts up again. Any suggestions?

  21. probably too late now but… how do you explain the difference between telling tales and telling an adult when they need to…. I am trying to right now with a 3yr old and 6 yr old – both girls. They have me stumped!!!

  22. Just wondering how you train your children to be cautious and aware of sexual abuse… I hear all of the time- teach your kids the names of their private places and no one is to touch them etc. But how often does all of this conversation need to happen? How do you teach your children wisdom without fear of what the real world is like? No Greater Joy ministries has put out a book for kids (which I haven’t read) that teaches kids to Yell and Tell if anything bad like that happens… My girls are 5, 3, 2 & 5 mos and I want to be wise in age appropriate conversation. Would appreciate any thoughts…thanks. Also, what is your opinion on the No Greater Joy ministries?

  23. Hi I have got 5 kids, 8 and under. I struggle taking them all places as the behaviour gets out of control. They either run riot or scream and fight. It is getting to the stage where don’t want to go anywhere with them as I am embarrassed. I see all these “great” mums doing stuff with their kids and I feel like a failure, as all I do is referee fights and try fruitlessly to keep the house nice (which it ain’t by the way). Yes I am a stay at home mum, but I am totally fed up and sometime wish I was single again with no kids. I would like to home school, but am not doing that either.


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