1. Laziness isn’t encouraged in a large family. Everone will soon learn that they have a choice of a lie in or breakfast. Those that have got out of bed earlier will have finished the bread, milk and cereal long before the last one up’s eyes were thinking of opening. So, eat breakfast or stay in bed. The choice is yours but you can’t have both.
2. The only time you will see the bottom of your laundry basket is when you first purchase it. Take a long, hard look and admire it. It’s going to be a while before you see it again.
3. I have six boys aged eight and under. I can look at the sales and know that any item of clothing in the age range 1-10 years is going to fit someone.
4. Everybody will steal everybody elses socks and claim them as their own for the day. That’s just the way it goes.
5. You will discover that ovens are not big enough, fridges are not big enough and washing machines are not big enough. It doesn’t matter how big they are. They won’t be big enough.
6. Your calendar is full of appointments and activities. None will be for you.
7. None of your kids will have any activities or appointments scheduled for two whole weeks. It is then guaranteed that on the third week at least three of them will have to be in a different place at the same time on the same day.
8. You will always have the extra kid you don’t remember having called “Not me!”. When someone has left the tap overflowing, blocked the toilet or spilt a cup of milk and left it dripping everywhere you can bet your life that “Not me!” did it.
9. Multipacks of whatever always come one short to what you need.
10. You bypass department stores when looking for cooking equipment and head straight for the army surplus stores.
11. You learn to NEVER leave a seat you’ve managed to claim. You’ll delay getting up for a drink/answering the phone/going to the bathroom because you know the second you get up somebody else will claim your seat and you will NEVER get it back.
12. You’ll be amazed at how many names you can say before calling someone by their correct name. It’s not so bad when you’re calling them by the name of a sibling but when you are calling them by a name that nobody in the house owns, and by a name you don’t even know anybody with, then you’re in trouble!
And that’s just the tip of the large family iceberg! Can you add any more to the list?