Large Families

The fun—and stress—can multiply when you're a parent in a big family. Finding a gameplan that works for you and your kids can help you survive and thrive.
Young Asian single mother embracing cute little daughter on lap, they are sitting outdoor by the pier in deep thought
What to Do If You Struggle With the Anxiety of Planning
mom with three daughters
Are You a Different Parent to Each Child?
A big family is expensive.
Want a Big Family? Here's How Much It Really Costs to Raise 5 Kids
mixed race couple with children
Do Parents Really Have a Favorite Child?
Group of 7 Year Old Footballers Playing in Family Backyard
Tips for Managing Afterschool Activities in a Big Family
Teach kids to do chores on their own.
How to Teach Your Kids to Be More Independent
A sad girl with her mom and sister in the background
Why You Shouldn't Feel Guilty for Having a Favorite Child
big family
How Having Five (or More) Kids Changes Your Parenting
Older brother helping baby sister to walk
How to Teach Older Children to be Role Models
Kids having fun with squirt guns in a backyard
Outdoor Activities Perfect for Large Families
Family sleeping at airport
10 Essential Travel Tips for Large Families
Babysitter with three kids
How to Find—and Keep—Babysitters for Your Large Family
girls opening presents
How to Budget for Gift Gifting in a Large Family
Woman meal planning
Meal Planning on a Budget for Large Families
Family activities
How to Foster Stronger Bonds Between Your Kids
Cooking with a big family
How to Create Roles for Kids While Cooking Together
Discipline in children
Should You Have Separate Rules and Consequences for Each of Your Kids?
It's tough to make kids of all ages feel included.
The Best Parenting Strategies for Helping All Your Kids Feel Included
Tips for carving out me time
How to Find Time Away From Your Kids (When They’re Everywhere!)
Family road trip
20 Extended Car Trip Activities for Large Families
Getting the Most Out of Your One-on-One Time
How to Create One-on-One Time With Each of Your Kids
Age appropriate chores
The Best Ways to Divide Chores Among Your Kids
Do Big Age Gaps Change Your Parenting?
Family on vacation
Should You Vacation Without Your Kids?
Family calendar
7 Tips for Keeping Your Family Calendar Organized
Balance in sibling relationships
How to Address the Challenges of Siblings Sharing a Room
Four vignettes of family dinners
Don't Underestimate the Power of Simple Family Dinners
Family having a picnic
10 Money-Saving Tips for Large Families
Grocery shopping with kids
10 Tips for Grocery Shopping for a Large Family
The Merrifield family gathered around the kitchen table creating chore charts
8 Essential Tips for Keeping Your Large Family Organized
Behind the scenes with the Merrifield Family
Behind the Scenes: Meet the Merrifields
Merrifields Organizing
How Large Families Are Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Distancing
Ford Transit Van
How to Manage Everyone’s Activities Safely and Efficiently
Ford Transit Interior with large family on smart devices
How to Build Sibling Bonds When You’re on the Road
A red Ford Transit Van, with parents and kids walking into a gymnasium
How to Support Your Kids’ Involvement in Sports