March 12, 2009
Posted: 04:05 PM ET
Note: The Harris Family, stars of Then Came 6 on Discovery Health, will be on Larry King Live tonight!
What began as an average family took an astonishing leap on July 7, 2002 when a team of 30 doctors prepared to deliver, what they believed at the time were, quintuplets: 5 babies. At 26 weeks gestation, even the largest of the infants would weigh less than 2 pounds. There would be many medical challenges ahead.
It's not always easy to be the parents of a large family. You have to make sure that each child gets the love annd attention that they need – but you also need time to devote to your marriage and yourself. When you have as many people in your family as we do, making sure this happens each and every day is challenging, but it is a necessity.
Over the years, we have learned a lot about what works and what doesn't work in a large family. Here are three tips that we feel are important for all families – big and small.
#1 Be specific with your kids and set a schedule. Follow through with your schedule but be flexible when plans change. This will create structure for your children, yet allow them to adapt to different situations.
#2 Always make time for yourself! Even if you are sitting down and reading a book, take that time and enjoy it. You will be calmer and more relaxed. When you are not stressed out you will be able to do what is best for you and your kids.
#3 Listen to your kids. As adults we forget that we do not know everything. Your child could be trying to tell you something very important in their life. Even if it is minor to you, listen to your child because it may help them deal with something that is major to them.
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