As you might imagine, a family that includes six kids generates quite a lot of laundry. When we started out, we did have our own electric washing machine that we hooked up to the kitchen sink, and the landlords had a laundry room in the rental house next door where we could dry our clothes. Sometimes we did make a trip to the local laundry mat just because it was faster to do several loads of laundry at once time once every week or two.
How does your family handle the laundry chore?
I just can't write about raising six kids without mentioning Legos and Duplos. Of course I never had Legos while I was growing up, but my brother had a set of red plastic bricks that I thought were very cool. He may have even let me play with them a few times. Personally I think that Legos are one of the greatest children's toys ever invented in our time, in spite of the pain they can cause to poor unsuspecting bare feet when left lying around on the floor. Our home has been home to numerous sets throughout the years, and we have a nice large storage bin full of them just waiting for children or adults to come and play. There is a nice collection of duplos too for the younger set. Pirates, Star Wars, Technic, Ninjas, cars, trains, trucks, aircrafts . . . you name it and there is a set to suit just about any interest. Legos spark creativity and imagination, teach following directions and problem solving, and basically can keep kids entertained for hours on end. There have been days when the living room or family room have evolved into huge communities or worlds built mostly of Legos . . . with the wooden building blocks used for backup materials. My greatest complaint about Legos is that there have been so few sets geared towards girls throughout the years, but my girls have also enjoyed many hours building and playing with Legos along with their brothers. For those who may be wondering what to do with all of those leftover Legos, I did recently run across a blog post that featured 25 Lego Crafts.
Last, but not least by any means for the letter L is the Library. What would a mother do without the library? Granted, we do have many many books of our own and nearly every single room of our house has multiple bookshelves. But even so, the public library is invaluable for a mother of children. Preschool story times are a place to not only meet new books and songs and games and puzzles, but new friends and other mothers. One of our local libraries now has a huge play area with many blocks and educational toys and a special children's technology section with about eight or ten tablets for children to use at the library.