This week the 4 Moms are excited to welcome Kim Brenneman, author of Large Family Logistics the book and the blog. (There is a promo code for 40% off the book at Vision Forum at the bottom of this post.)
Kim has graciously agreed to answer questions despite a cheese room emergency (did you know that Kim’s family runs a dairy?) and some less than organized moms of many who left specific planning for this interview until the last minute (OK, we gave her a few hours, but still…)
Have questions of your own? Kim will be answering questions left in the comment section.
Here are some of the questions and Kim’s answers:
Are you naturally organized, or has it been a learning process for you?
I would have to ask my mother that but I really think that I learned organization. I learned organization and home skills from books and that was very motivating to me. I loved to read a chapter and then go apply what I learned. Emily Barnes was my favorite author for home management and Elisabeth Eliot for attitude.
What would be your first piece of advice to a mom struggling for order?
Pray. Cry out to God for help. Pray all the time. Talk to God like He’s your friend right there beside you because He is. Then fix your health. Cut out the sugar and eat whole foods, drink water. Teach your children to obey. Get Ted Tripp’s book Shepherding a Child’s Heart. There are other good parenting books out there of course. Get one. Study what the Bible says about parenting and children. Read Psalms and Proverbs to your children every day. That’s for your spiritual health as well as the children’s. Then put your home in order: Food, kitchen, bathrooms, floors. Then declutter one room at a time. Our stuff gets in the way. We don’t own things, our things own us.
I love that Kim recommends the same parenting book we recommend. Shepherding a Child’s Heart is the only man-authored parenting book that Mark and I will recommend to others. We believe that it takes the principles found in the Word of God and explains them for our culture.
If you’re interested in decluttering, I’m currently working on a series of posts on simplifying.
What’s your best advice for mom of many littles?
Enjoy each day with them. They go so fast. Don’t get so busy that you aren’t playing with your children. Read to them. Read the Bible to them every day. Get down on the floor and play with them. Include them in your work. Make your work fun for them to do with you. Little children just want to be with you—keep them by your side and enjoy them. Teach them to love Jesus in the small moments of each day.
More info for moms of littles:
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Have a question that you wished we asked? Well, now’s your chance. Kim Brenneman will be answering questions that you leave in the comment section.
Be sure to join us starting next week as 5 Moms of Many (thank you to Kim Brenneman for joining us) blog through Large Family Logistics. We will include a linky each week so that if you have a blog and would like to join our blog through you may link up your post.
Here is theschedule:
- August 4 - part 1: foundations and methods
- August 11 – part 2 (chapters 18-27: planning your week)
- August 18 – part 2b (chapters 28-47: the nitty gritty details)
- August 25 – appendices
For 40% off Large Family Logistics at Vision Forum, use the promo code 4MOMS at checkout.
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