You might not have planned a large family when you first got together, but before you know it, your family could be vying for space in your home. When it comes to having children, provided your experiences are happy ones, on the whole, it’s very easy to get carried away. When you’re surrounded by children life seems so much easier and considerably more fun. If you’re still in the early days of your relationship and you’re wondering whether a large family is on the cards for you, here are some things you need to think about before you make the commitment for the next stage of your life.
- You Need to be Very Organised
If you want to enjoy any semblance of order in your life when kids come along, you need to be highly organised. The more kids you have, the greater the level of organisation is required. Technology provides you with an endless number of useful resources, such as Google calendar but you’ll also need a whiteboard to help you keep track of everyone’s schedules, yours included.
- Routine is Good
A family in which everyone gets to do what they want as and when they want to might seem ideal. The reality is far different. When it comes to large families, routine is crucial. In fact, kids of all ages thrive when there’s a routine.
- Have a sensible car
You might love your yellow convertible to bits, but as your family gets larger, you’ll find yourself forced into looking for something more practical. With a larger vehicle, you’ll get the option of a range of family-friendly features such as sliding doors, large windows, heaps of storage space and movable tables.
- Plan Meals and Shop in Bulk
If you plan your meals in advance, it’ll mean far fewer trips to the supermarket, thereby avoiding all the stress such an outing can produce. Shop once a week, or once a month if you’re really organised and have a huge freezer. You’ll also become an expert at searching out the bargains.
- You Might Have to Upsize or Extend Several Times
As your family expands, you’re going to need to find extra living space. Whether you decide to extend your current home or move somewhere different is more of a personal choice. However, if you decide to look for somewhere larger, you’ll need to look for a solicitor to help with the conveyancing. Bird & Co solicitors in Lincoln can help if you’re in that area.
- You’ll Get to Enjoy More of the Outdoors
If you’re a bit of a home bird and aren’t overly keen about the great outdoors, your views might well change as your family gets bigger. Fresh air is great for all members of the family, and it’s certainly preferably to being cooped up all day indoors. Kids tend to get a bit tetchy when they’ve been stuck inside for too long. Whatever the weather, come rain or shine get up, go out and make sure you drag the kids along with you.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.