Life with Lots of Littles: An Introduction

Ever hear an expectant mother worrying about how she is going to deal with a group of close in age children?  Have you yourself been in a position to worry about the practicalities of life with:

  • 2 kids under 2.  2 kids under 1 1/2.  2 kids under 1.
  • 3 kids under 3.  3 kids under 2 1/2.  3 kids under 2.
  • 4 kids under 4.  4 kids under 3 1/2.  4 kids under 3.  Wait – did you say 4 under 3?!  What am I going to do?!?!?!?!!!

I have been there.  I have lived through all of these gaps.  Yes, even the 4 kids under the age of 3!  Our oldest living child was barely 6 months old when we found out we were carrying our next; a natural set of twins arrived when the “older kids” were mere toddlers of 1 1/2 and 2 3/4 years.  We have been abundantly blessed!

I am by no means an expert, but I have been blessed to learn a few things about how to make life manageable with close in age children.  Recently, a few other moms have asked for ideas on certain challenges with close age gaps, so I have been reflecting on how we have made things work in our family; what has helped and what has not.  I would like to start a series here on my blog with tricks of the trade for any mothers who might come across this and benefit from my mistakes.  I have been thinking about starting a series like this for some time, and pray that anyone who reads this will feel like their burden has been lifted even in the slightest degree.  I will update this tread with a list of all the posts I have written within this topic:

  1. Daily Schedule
  2. Family Prayer Time
  3. Lunch Made Easy
  4. Dinnertime
  5. Behaving at Mass

My God bless you and your family of young children!