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One Income Family~Homeschooling 6 Children

This weeks Blog Cruise topic is about Large Family Homeschooling. We have 6 beautiful children, ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14 years old. One may wonder how on earth can you afford it? In fact many times I have had people ask, "What does your husband do for a living?" and "Do you need government help?" or "How do you afford it?".

To answer those questions, my husband works in the finance department of a large corporation. No, thankfully we have never been on government assistance and lastly we make it work.

I'll be honest, I'm not a real penny pincher. I don't clip coupons like I should. I'm not what you call frugal. I do try to save money but in other ways. I don't buy fancy $4.00 coffees anymore. Yes, I use to be a 'high' society drinker, buying those expensive Mochas. I will on occasion but it's not a weekly thing like it use to be.

We buy many of our children's clothes at thrift or gently used stores. I can spend $80.00 at Once Upon A Child and clothe two of my children. Almost new shirts for $5.50, pants from $4.00-$8.00 and when there are dollar days, then I can practically buy enough for three children. When we do this the children are required to throw out any piece of clothing that is stained or torn.

I don't buy a lot of processed food. More than some but less then others. I don't make our bread or can our food. I'd like to do those things in the future but it's not happening at the moment.

We don't go on expensive vacations. It's been four years since we've been to California. We do go on mini vacations. Camping, weekend zoo trips or spend a day at Gaddy Town but those are few-and-far between. I'm thankful a trip to Half Price Books is an exciting day for the children.

One of the hardest things is living in a very small house. At least it's small for us. Three years ago we decided to downsize. We sold our beautiful 3500sft house to move into a shabby 1100sft. house. We went from 3 bathrooms to 1. 4 large bedrooms + a game-room to 3 small bedrooms. Going from walk-in closets to tiny little spaces that are called closets. Having a garage to having to rent storage space. My once big kitchen with a formal dining room is now a very small space. It's been hard and most challenging. We all miss having more space.

Lupe and I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff, yet we are still cramped. There's no room for all our books. 2/3 of my homeschooling stuff is in storage. When I need something it's frustrating when I can't locate it.

I'll be honest, there are times when I want out of this place and I feel for my husband because he's so patient with me. 

Many times I have to call out to my Lord and ask for forgiveness. Right now I'm asking him to change my attitude and heart.

As you can see, homeschooling on one income is not always easy but I feel it's good for my children to see my husband and I make sacrifices so we can keep them at home. My children are learning that life is not all about us and our wants. They see us saying no to a new car and searching for a good used one with little or no payments.

When we go out to eat on Sundays after church, they know it's going to be fast food. Panda Express and KFC are not an option. Those are for special days. No kids meals either, again, those are reserved for birthdays. In no way do my children feel like they are missing out.

The children earn and save their money to buy things. We don't purchase toys for them unless it's their birthday or CHRISTmas. The children are learning to make decisions and finding when it's their money, that shiny toy on the shelf doesn't seem so wanted anymore. Thankfully this helps keep the stuff out of our house.

God has been good. We have food, a roof over our head and I have one awesome husband who takes care of us. We may not get to go on fancy vacations or eat the finest foods but we do have a stable home where the children feel loved and safe.

If you would like to read more about Large Families please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.

I also wrote Homeschooling My 6 Children.

1 comment

  1. I feel for you in many ways. Our home is bigger than your current one, and we of course only have 5 kids, but our house is still half the size of your former house. We make do, and you know what? The kids do very well, indeed, thank you very much. It's never lonely, and rarely boring ;D.


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