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4 Moms Answer Reader Questions

The 4 Moms are answering reader questions this week. Be sure to send your questions in via email or in the comment section if you are dying to know something about the 17 kinds of crazy that go on here daily.

I'm sure the other moms on my team have their own variety of crazy, and I mean that in the nicest possible way, so check out what questions they are answering too.

I have gotten a couple of questions about how I manage to keep preschoolers occupied while I am homeschooling older children.

Homeschooling with preschoolers present is a little like wrangling rabid monkeys while making meringue. Fortunately, I have become accustomed to it and the little buggers can hardly pull any hi-jinks over on me any more.

I have written some detailed tips, and included pictures of the wrangling in progress in my free homeschool tips ebook. If you haven't already snagged it, hop on over there and check it out!

Next question: How do you keep up with friends from your past career life/working moms that have more disposable income when they want to get together. They are always wanting to go out for lunch, go clothes shopping, etc and on one income we really try to limit our discretionary spending. I don't want to say I can't afford it because one lunch won't break the bank, or a $20 gift for their kids graduation party, etc. but you multiply it by 7-8 outings like that a month and it gets expensive.

Since my husband was suddenly laid off 9 weeks ago, pretty much everyone knows we are so broke we can't even afford to pay attention, so no one is really asking me to go clothes shopping.

As for you, if you are trying to stay within a budget, I would just be honest and tell your friends that you enjoy spending time with them, but you only have $(fill in the blank) to spend each month and after that you would love to enjoy visiting at the park or the library or somewhere that won't break your budget.

It could very well be that someone else in your group feels the same way and your honesty will give them the strength to stick to their budget as well.

Next question: How do you deal with the people who think you shouldn't have so many children?

We pretend not to notice.

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  1. chantelle says:

    Oh, you made me laugh at out loud for your last answer. :)

  2. I like your answer to the one about staying within budget and finding free stuff to do. That’s exactly what I would say.

  3. Love the last one!! We talk about what a blessing it is, which leaves the other person unable to say anything negative! If they say, “You have your hands full!” I say, “And my heart too!” If they say, “God bless you honey.” in a not so nice way, I say “Oh He already has!! Ten times!!”
    It is much better for the children to hear me being positive I figure than giving the other follks a piece of my mind.

  4. I like the answer about the money. It’s great advice for teens too! A few years back, I told my daughter the same thing, it seems that teens like to go to Starbucks or Mc Donalds or the movies and have a hard time finding free stuff to do. Well she was spending all her money doing this and she didn’t want to be embarrassed by saying no. Once when she finally got up the courage to say “I don’t have any money to go to the movie,” everyone else in her group admitted they didn’t either! They all went to the park and played frisbee instead!

  5. Dawn, we only have four, and because of how ill I was after #4, there couldn’t be any more. Even with ‘only four’., people constantly say to me, ‘What?! You have FOUR!’. I normally reply with, ‘Yes, unfortunately, we couldn’t have any more so it’s only four’.
    The moments of stunned silence are really quite funny!

    As for the ‘keeping up with friends’…. I have to be honest and say that my social life is almost non-existent. Sometimes, when you’re a homeschooling mum, that’s the price you pay…. I’m not complaining about that, but for me, it’s the way it is :)

  6. You pretend not to notice….giggle! I will have to do that!

  7. I love the Four Moms posts! Especially Q&A!

    We only have three children thus far, but the oldest is 2.5 and the youngest is almost 3 months, so we hear “You sure have your hands full” an awful lot. I try to “pretend not to notice” the negativity as well. If I feel like I must say something, it is usually the same response as Dawn’s, and people usually change their tune at least a little bit when they realize that we do know what causes it, and that we actually WANT these sweet babies and truly do feel blessed with them!

  8. Sometimes I set up a time to just go have an ice tea with a friend in the afternoon, it only costs a couple dollars and we still get to visit.


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