Friday, January 09, 2009

Tips from Kate

I was checking out 5MinutesForMom and there was a podcast with Jon Gosselin of Jon and Kate Plus Eight. So of course I followed the link to TLC's Jon and Kate page. I found this great list of tips on organization from Kate. Check it out:

Tip #1 Organize

As a mother of sextuplets and twins, one of the best methods for keeping a family organized is lists! No one has the memory of an elephant! Keep a constant running list of "To Dos" and then cross things off as they are completed! My to-do lists consists of meals for the week, which loads of laundry need to be done, and which parts of the house needs attention. Lists will keep you and your family organized.

Tip #2 Shop on a Budget

Shopping for a family of 10 means planning ahead and staying on a budget. The good news is that you can have healthy, home cooked delicious (even organic!) meals for a large family. Look for sales! Watch the sale papers and take advantage of store promotions, coupons and rainchecks. Keep a constant running list of things that are on sale and that you need at the store from week to week. This will avoid buying things that you don't need. It's also good to stock up on items that you use a lot of and that are on sale!

Tip #3 Prepare for Outings

Plan ahead! If outings are well thought out in advance, it will allow for a better time for all! Always take plenty of drinks, snacks, clothing and supplies. Make a mental plan of how the day will unfold and then adjust it as necessary!

Tip #4 Count Your Blessings

On days that your role as mom seems mundane and pointless and repetitive(we all have those), remember to count your blessings! Take a moment, see all that is positive in your life and the life of your children and it will give you that boost that you need!

Tip #5 Promote Safety

Talk about different scenarios and what is safe and acceptable and what is not safe and what they should not do in different situations! Remind them to come to YOU as a parent if they hear something that they don't understand, think that is bad or don't know what it means. You want to position yourself as their resource person to keep conversation lines open. This needs to start at a very young age.

Tip #6 Provide Order

A schedule will help everyone in the family. It removes the guesswork and a lot of frustration. It allows the things that need to get done to get done because life becomes somewhat predictable.

Tip #7 Reward Your Children

Reward them for their helpfulness and kindness—if only with your words, this will mean a lot to them. They want your approval!

Tip #8 Make Housework a Family Affair

Especially in a large family, involving all of the kids in the housework, chores, cooking, cleaning etc. This helps to provide family unity, and a sense of belonging. It also teaches kids to develop a strong work ethic. And encourage Dad to get involved—n our situation,much of what a successful mom is able to accomplish, is due to a very present and helpful dad!


Sniz said...

Yeah, I saw this too. Yesterday before our company got here, William and Izzi (Baylee had a guest) basically did anything they could to help us get ready. They did it with a such willing and happy hearts and had was neat to see the family pulling together like that. We need to have people over for lunch more often to give them more opportunities! Can't wait for tonight! I bet you'll feel so good tomorrow too!

Big Doofus said...

You forgot about Tim #9 - Have your family star in a reality television show that provides you with a secure income so your husband doesn't have to work and free vacations.

Ok, I'm poking fun at the Gosselins, but the truth is that I love the show and their family (based on what I see on tv). If I were in there situation, I'd let the cameras into my house, too.

Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

I love Jon & Kate! I'll watch that show during naptime to rejuvenate me for the afternoon. I end the show thinking, "At least I only have TWO!!!"

Thanks for stopping by my blog - nice to "meet" you!