This interview is from Karen who has six beautiful kids!
1. How many kids do you have and how old are they?
We have 6 children, 4 boys, 2 girls. Nathan is nearly 10, Caleb is 6, Elizabeth is 5, John is 4, Timothy is 18 months (6/6) and Lydia is 3 months (6/2).
2. What is the best part about being a mom?
Little baby laughs, watching them & their new discoveries, being someone’s favorite person, & how they bring out the best & worst in me to name a few “perks”.
3. What’s the hardest part?
Keeping your cool when they push your buttons. Watching them grow up & you realize they’ll never be babies again.
4. What has happened to you as a mother that you never expected?
Getting over the “ick” factor. I was never one for handling icky situations, especially pertaining to bodily fluids, if you catch my drift. Now I can handle just about anything (but puke & severe runny noses). The biggest exceptions were when I was pregnant — couldn’t do the stinky diapers very well then either!
5. If you could give a new mom one piece of advice, what would it be?
Learn to say “no” & mean it. You’ll need that both when it comes to your children & when it comes to what activities you pursue as a family, what commitments you make as a woman with a time schedule. There’s only 24 hours in a day!
6. What our values and belief’s in raising your children?
(Don’t know if I completely understand the question as written so I hope this answers it.)
As Christians, it isn’t just about raising a new generation of (hopefully) well-rounded, considerate, healthy people, although that is very important to us. However, we believe the most important thing we can do is raising our kids to put God first in their lives. Not the easiest path to walk, especially when we as parents struggle with relying on God as opposed to ourselves.
7. What was the biggest change that happened once you had your first baby?
I still haven’t conquered this — selfishness! Didn’t realize how self-centered I was until I had children!
8. What is your favorite part of the day with your kids?
Dinner time, when we’re all together.
9. Do you have a favorite age?
More like I have a favorite attribute at each stage. Right now, bliss is watching Lydia (3m) smile & coo at me. Then there’s Timothy (17m) and watching him try to mimic what he sees and hears. I love the “smart” things my preschoolers (John, Elizabeth, & Caleb ages 4, 5, & 6) pick up on and repeat (although not all of them!) & how they’re trying to figure out the world. And I love the imagination of Nathan (nearly 10). If I had to pick a favorite age, I guess it would be the baby phase from 3 months (sleeping through the night, laughing, cooing) through 9 months (when they first start to get mobile & therefore, into trouble!).
10. What do you and your kids do for fun?
We have 2 memberships we use often — 1 to our local zoo & 1 to a science center. We love movie and/or game nights, although I’m the first to admit we don’t do those often enough!
11. How do you feel about kids and television? Do your kids watch TV?
Yes, my kids watch t.v. However, we recently got rid of cable and replaced it with a digital converter box so we’re down to very basic channels. They probably watch too much of what mom & dad watch, especially since the switch got rid of some of their favorite channels. But we’re working on getting everyone to watch less t.v.
12. What’s your #1 mom tip?
Don’t listen to everyone else. Trust me, EVERYONE has an opinion on how you should raise your kids! Ignore them, pray about it (if you are a believer), and trust your inner-mom’s instinct.
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14. Anything else you’d like to tell us about?
Having 6 kids isn’t crazy! Yes, we know where they came from (you should try it sometime!) and yes, we know how to prevent “it” from happening but they’re blessings, not diseases. 🙂 [And yes, unfortunately, we’re “done” but only because it was medically unsafe for me to get pregnant again.]