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affecting larger families...
Isn't it interesting
that both our political leaders have chosen to have larger families, in this day and age?
The more I find out about the larger family environment, the more it becomes apparent that
they can be a very dynamic way to grow up - I should like to find out just how many of our "movers & shakers"
come from or have larger families...
can't help being aware as soon as you have 4 children that you have
stepped outside society's accepted "Norm". Total strangers
often feel free to comment on the size of your family, often, but not
always, with the kindest of motives. Certain smaller newspapers seem
to perpetuate the image of the feckless fertile; workshy no-hopers
who live in 9 bedroom council houses and receive thousands of pounds
of taxpayers money each week. Chance would be a fine thing!
houses traditionally have 3 or, if you're lucky, 4 bedrooms and it's
considered very unfortunate for your children to have to share rooms,
(though mine generally opt to sleep in together anyway!) Planning
regulations, never mind finance, mean that you'll be lucky to get
away with adding the rooms that you need to your home, and building a
house suitable for lots of inhabitants is rarely allowed, though
extravagant use of space is fine for "executives."
"Dining rooms" are so small you'd be lucky to fit a table
and chairs in together, never mind sit anyone down in it, despite the
fact that most kitchens are too small to eat in. No wonder TV dinners
are so prevalent!
are built for a maximum of 5 people, and "people carriers"
don't actually have room for any of those people's belongings when
all the seats are up. Many of the older models are not in fact
reinforced where the extra seats go, as they're not really designed
for permanent use. We blew our transport budget on a VW transporter
van with a minibus-type conversion (we don't use all the seats) which
had never been commercially owned, therefore we didn't have to pay
VAT on her. But insuring her was a bit of a nightmare, with most
companies alleging that she didn't exist, or that she must
be a commercial vehicle, and we had quotes ranging from a very
reasonable £200 to in excess of £900. The extra room she
offers has been a Godsend up to now, but the older children are
getting to the terminally embarassed stage and keep begging us for a
machines are currently designed to fit under worktops & attack
small loads of lightly soiled clothes with horrible chemicals. I was
faced with large loads of very mucky clothes, and children whose skin
did not tolerate said chemicals well. The day our machine blew up for
the second time in a month after washing 7 loads in one day, I also
blew a fuse. I contacted various commercial suppliers and ended up
with an American machine (standard domestic issue over there!) which
is mainly used in hotels over here. It washes 3 times the load of my
old one, in half the time, twice as well, and with its matching drier
cost less than good quality EU ones. However I did have to carve up
my utility room to fit it in as it's a toploader, and the drier has
to live in the garage. (See ElectricShop.com (recommended by Victoria Bulezuik)
and AppliancesOnline for where to buy...)
are the issues that have particularly struck me as being different
for us as a larger family. What's been different, or difficult for
you? How have you tackled it? What are your favourite resources?
Below is a link to a discussion board so we can share our problems,
solutions & ideas, and to an Exchange & Mart board so you can advertise
anything particularly appropriate to larger families - private advertisements only, please!
Here's a link (click here) to an interesting article by Pastor Bryan Pollock of the Pilgrim Bible Church in Tahoma, USA, showing that life is much the same for big families over there...
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