Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Sane Womans Guide to Raising a Large Family, Mary Ostyn

I must admit, A Sane Woman's Guide was almost an afterthought. I'd planned to get Large Family Logistics, but it was a bit on the expensive side. A Sane Woman's Guide was on the same topic and more in my price range. Regardless of which book, I wasn't due to read it till next month. It's a March book, because I had enough books to read this month without another one.  But, for a certifiable BookWorm blessed with a good 10 hours of reading time a week (sometimes more), limitations aren't always reasonable. So I started reading it anyway. And I'm so glad I did!!

 Mary has a way of expressing her ideas that is both thought provoking and fun to read. As I went through the pages I found myself nodding along thinking, "Oh, that makes sense." Sometimes her solutions to common problems were pretty wild (like walling off part of their living room to make a new bedroom when one was needed) but they were always creative.

Actually, Creativity is probably the main benefit of this book--particularly to women who are already have children. Women who have children probably have already thought of solutions for a lot of the daily challenges that come up, but Mary will have some new ideas for you to consider as well.

As a newlywed, the main benifit of this book was that it stretched my mind about what is possible. As the oldest of four, I come from a medium sized family. Mom ran a tight ship as we were growing up, but with just four of us some of the extreme solutions just weren't necessary. For example, we didn't have any trouble fitting the six in our family around the dinner table. My husband, on the other hand, comes from a family of 10, which means they DID have to come up with some creative solutions for the size issue. Several times I found myself reading a paragraph to him out of the book, "Wow! What a great idea! What do you think about doing this someday?" He'd laugh and say, "Actually, that's how my parents did it all along."

All in all, this was a fun, enjoyable book to read. It was worthwhile to read pre-children just to get my mind thinking in that direction, and I have every intention of reading it again someday when it is more immediately applicable.

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