4 Moms Answer Reader Questions

It is the last Thursday of the month, which means it is time again for The 4 Moms to answer reader questions.

I keep a folder of questions in my inbox, so remember to shoot me an email if you have a question I haven’t answered yet.

And now for the questions that have been keeping you up at night.

How do you keep your house from looking like a tornado hit it?

Uh. Obviously you have never been to my house.

It looks like a tornado hit it almost every day. When I am busy with the older kids’ school lessons, the little ones will often pull all the books off the shelves, or play “Let’s Try On Everything In The Closet”, or “Give All The Baby Dolls a Bath and Use Every Towel in the House While We’re At It”.

We have many “tidy up” or “27 Pick Up” times that I call at random throughout the day.

A detailed “Day in the Life” post would be great!

The 4 Moms actually had the gumption to live blog a day in each of our lives. We even lived to tell about it! You’ll want to start at the bottom since I added updates at the top of the post all day that day.

What was life like when you had only young children and no big kid helpers?

It was tough.

The hardest parenting years are when Mommy is the only one in the house who can tie shoes, or pour milk, or buckle car seats, or wipe bottoms. The only thing to do is hang on for dear life and keep putting one foot in front of the other until a little time passes and the oldest ones become more helpful. 

Remember that you are shaping lives and smooch plenty on those little cheeks. One day they won’t need you so and you will miss those dependent years. (Humming “Cat’s in the Cradle)

Would you elaborate on your nap time routine?

I have always required all of my children to observe 1 hour of “nap time” every day. I have half joked, when asked, that when they graduate from high school they will no longer be required to observe nap time.

Everyone must go to their beds and have heads on pillows. They may read books, and I have gone back and forth with whether or not they may color or draw because of spilled crayons/pencils in the bed that don’t get put away.

Occasionally, I separate chatting children and put one on the couch or on my bed so there will be no talking or playing.

I don’t mind if they do not fall asleep, as long as there is a solid hour of quiet. Be sure to read about my discovery on keeping kids quiet during nap time.

Now, be sure and visit the other moms to see what questions they have answered this week!

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  1. Connie, have you ever had a young toddler who didn’t want to nap? How would you enforce this quiet time with a child who can barely sit still through Communion at church, much less for an hour?

    Pearl naps most days, but maybe once every week or two she is running around all day long like a chicken with her head cut off. I’ve tried to make her stop and slow down and just *rest*, but so far no success. She doesn’t sleep in a crib, so it’s not like I can just put her in bed and she’ll stay there. Any hints? Please? ;-)

  2. Here’s one to put in your file for the next time you answer reader questions… how do you handle the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus? Specifically with regard to older and more, um wiser, children with little ones still, umm, not so wise. Thanks!

  3. Your quiet time/naptime tip has been a lifesaver for us. I’ve been wavering back and forth about pencils and journals in bed.

  4. Connie, as usual I enjoyed your newsletter today.
    I have a couple of questions for you. My daughter has 3 girls, ages 8,3,almost 2 and one boy age 11. They will soon be moving to a new home in a new state and renting a home. Most likely the 2 yr old will need to stay in their bedroom for awhile longer but they hope to put all 3 girls into one bedroom. I notice you have 3 girls in 2 bedrooms. Can you give me an idea of how large the rooms are and how you set up sleeping arrangements for them?

    The other question is how do you set up their closet to be able to find everything?

    Thanks,
    Kay

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