I’m answering more of your FB questions today.
How do you teach your young toddlers (one year olds) to behave during family worship time? Any pointers?
I homeschool four kids and have a five month old who wont let me put her down. How do you keep up on your house in this situation?
When our babies are little like that I wear them. My two favorite carriers are the ERGO and Moby. You may also like Homeschooling, Homemaking and a Large Family: Bringing It All Together. I included lots of links to how we do what we do.
How do you handle sick kids and family/holiday outings? Do you stay home if ANYONE is sick? Do you cancel with another family if they are sick? What are your guidelines of sick? How far will you go to avoid the domino effect of one sick kid to the rest?
When our kids are sick:
As long as our children are feeling well enough to participate in the activity we will inform the family we are getting together with and let them decide if they still want to carry out our plans.
We don’t quarantine children to prevent the spread of illness within our own home. We do run toothbrushes through the dishwasher and take measures to boost immune systems if we have an illness that is spreading through our family.
When others have sick kids:
- Puking is a no-go, unless it can be reasonably demonstrated that the puke was caused by excessive motion or excessive eating.
- A standard runny nose isn’t sick.
- If I’m within a few weeks of delivering a baby, a runny nose may be considered “sick”.
- A fever is debatable.
- If I’m within a few weeks of delivering a baby, a fever is a no-go.
- If we’re going to all be outside and there is no puking, we’ll usually get together.
- Symptoms that have not spread to any other family members for several days can be dismissed. This is voided if the illness has taken out several family members all several days apart.
You may also like Fighting Germs in a Large Family.
How do you handle family that are not Christians and their way of dealing with their children is not Godly ( I don’t mean perfect, as none of us are, I mean things like hitting, screaming constantly, etc.) and how do you explain it to your children without making those family members seem horrible
That’s a relevant question especially this time of year. I wrote about Preparing Children to be Around Unbelievers and in that post are links to thoughts from the rest of the 4 moms.
If I wanted to try fermenting something, what would you suggest would be a good recipe to start with?
Sauerkraut is super easy, but the flavor is strong (we’ve found that everyone in our family loves kraut that’s been in the fridge for a few weeks after the initial fermenting) and for that reason, it’s not what I would recommend for starters.
This Cranberry-Apple-Orange relish is delicious and easy. We like to have a fresh batch on hand at all times because it’s so versatile and everyone in our family loves it.
You can use it as a topping for pancakes, as a sweetener for kefir or yogurt or simply as a side dish with just about any meal. We purchase many pounds of cranberries when they’re in season and freeze them to use in this recipe.
Fermented Cranberry-Apple-Orange Relish
Adapted from Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS
- 4 oranges (remove seeds, peel and section)
- 4 apples (wash, core and quarter)
- 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (we use Celtic Sea Salt)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup rapadura or sucanat
- 1/2 cup whey or water kefir (you can get whey from yogurt or milk kefir, we use milk kefir)
Process the oranges, apples and cranberries with a food processor. You want them finely chopped not pureed. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
Pack relish into a half gallon canning jar and screw on lid. Let sit out at room temperature for 1-3 days. Check daily for mold (remove, if any and repack carefully) and to allow air to escape the jar. The ferment is done when it tastes a bit tangy. This is certainly an art not a science and some people like their food fermented longer than others. Place jar in the refrigerator when it reaches a pleasant consistency and taste.
The amount of fruit can be varied in this recipe, no worries if you don’t have enough apples, just add more oranges or cranberries.
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