I can't do everything of course but am trying to be a bit more conscientious about spending time with just the little people. I have noticed especially that the younger ones do not pay as much attention to catechesis in the morning so have been attempting to do this with just the three youngest ones before they go to bed by praying with them and singing a hymn with them. They love it. I love it when I hear them singing during the day. I love it when Ingrid sings the Words of Institution with the Pastor at church. She is three. Three year olds are awesome.....a lot of the time. My five year old Stefan keeps randomly telling me how he is working on screaming and whining less. I found that an amazing statement. I told my sixteen year old earlier today in a joking way, that even though his younger siblings can annoy him that he really needs to work on screaming and whining less (said in a quiet tone while looking at him with my 'talking to little people voice). He laughed and told me he would see what he could do about that.
Even getting to all of the kids by reading to them is certainly a challenge. I am reading the nine year old the Narnia books just for him. Being a sandwich child puts him a bit frustrated at times or at least he senses the older and younger ones pulling me away from him. I was having the 13 year old read the Harry Potter books to me but that has sort of lapsed. I suppose I could find another hour or two somewhere to see about that.
And.....another conscious effort is trying to get the younger half out of the house so the older ones can be home alone with quiet to study. There is no reason for me not to be able to take the little ones to the places I took the older ones to play at parks, go to the beach or whatever. Both sides benefit from this set up. It went very well today and even a child who had a tantrum this morning was 'able' to be left behind with older studying brother as he had no one to bug and pester and quiet time on his hands to ponder his behavior.
Remembering it all......that is a challenge (understatement).....one day at a time by the Grace of God.