Welcome another week of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage. This week we’re talking about tips for transporting our large families.
Our family of 12 drives a 12 passenger van. Although it gets tricky when we are trying to get camping equipment, clothes and accoutrements for 12 people and all the food we’re going to eat fir a week into the van with every seat occupied by a person we appreciate spending less on gas than we would if we drove a 15 passenger van and most of the time we have no problem with lack of space.
Tips for transporting a large family.
Pay cash for your vehicle – It’s possible and it’s prudent and we’ve never regretted driving an older, paid-for vehicle. We’ve always purchased used vehicles and have driven them until our family outgrew them or they were ready to be “put down”.
Plan your seating – Consider your children, their capabilities and personalities. We have considered who may need help during our time in the car and have planned to have a helper near enough to be of service.
Having a large family provides many opportunities for children to consider one another as more important than themselves (Phil. 2:3-4), so while one could purposely place two rough personalities far away from each other and achieve immediate peace, we generally choose to place them beside each other. This furthers our goal of training our children to be more like Christ and provides more opportunity for those rough edges to be rubbed off (Prov. 27:17).
The beautiful thing that we’ve seen happen is that both children have their weaknesses and relationship strengthened. They learn to play and interact with each other and often they ask to sit next to each other when it comes time to rearrange seating.
Ban electronics from the car
Surprised? I don’t mean completely, I just mean those electronic devices that separate people who are sitting right beside each other. (iPods, hand-held games, DVD players, etc.)
Whether we’re traveling long distances or simply running errands our children read books, draw, play games (Battleship, Sorry, Mastermind, etc.), tell stories and generally enjoy each other. In my opinion that’s much better than a silent drive any day (well, almost any day ).
How do you transport your large family? What tips do you have?
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