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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