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Managing a Household with Nine Kids

Over the years, I've posted a lot about schedules, chores, and other details of "how I do it," but since we change our routines every so often, I thought I'd take a moment to write about how I'm managing our large and busy household right now.

Morning Routine
We start our day with scripture study at 6:30 or 6:45.  We read a section from the New Testament and from the Book of Mormon and discuss it briefly.  Then everyone except Lillian works for five minutes to clean up the family room and toy room.  If it's not very messy, we skip this.  After scriptures, DH showers and the younger kids clean their rooms while I do a yoga routine for 20 to 30 minutes.  Often, Katie (2), Harmony (4) and Cami (1) "join" me in this.  They all do pretty good downward dogs. 

The kids migrate upstairs after cleaning their rooms (or pretending to clean) and occasionally showering.  On Mondays and Thursdays, they are reminded to get their dirty clothes into the laundry room…