Now, don’t get us wrong: there’s much to love about having a large family, but there’s no denying that they can be quite challenging to manage. After all, it’s difficult to ensure even a three-person family runs smoothly — things become a lot more complicated when we’re talking about a 5- or 6-person family! There are things you can do to make things more straightforward, however. Below, we take a look at some useful tips that’ll ensure that your family life runs more smoothly. And with that taken care of, you’ll get to enjoy the best things of large family living, such as all that love!
It’s difficult to take care of all your individual responsibilities, so what about when you’re trying to handle a whole family’s worth of responsibilities? Yupp, pretty difficult! To stay on top of this aspect of family life, the organisation will be key. The more organised you are, the less you’ll have to experience the frantic chaos of last-minute arrangements (which always make everything more stressful). One underrated way to stay organised is to have a board set up in a communal area, where everyone can see the family’s plans, and make their own additions as and when it’s necessary.
Everything is more difficult when it feels like there’s no space to work with, doesn’t it? In the home, in the car, in life in general: you need space to breathe. So look at making some changes if everything is beginning to feel a little cramped because there’s just not enough space. In the home, this might involve changing your storage arrangements, and taking a more simplified approach. For your transportation needs, it could involve upgrading to a larger vehicle, such as the Vauxhall Combo Life 7-Seater MPV. You’ll find that everything is a lot more relaxed — and thus easier to handle — when there’s enough space for everyone to exist without discomfort!
While the family is overall the most important thing, it’s imperative to remember that large families are not like colonies of ants; it’s not just the larger system that’s important. The individual should also be well looked after, and have their needs and wants met. As part of maintaining healthy family relations, be sure to look out for everyone individually. If each member of the family is on top of the world, then the whole unit will be better. Also, keep in mind that this involves you. Some parents don’t dedicate any time to their own well-being, believing that serving the family is the most noble thing. But this isn’t really true: you’ll be able to care for your loved ones a lot better if you’re in a good and healthy place.
Finally, be sure to schedule in fun family time. Things shouldn’t be all functional and simply “well-oiled.” The clan will be a lot tighter and happier if you can also spend quality time together. Make it a weekly thing, the same time each week, so everyone knows what they’ll be doing.