One of my favorite parts about being a party planner is attending many parties in return. However, when it comes to blogging I rarely get a chance to invite or be invited because my blogging buds live so faraway. But still at times my curiosity gets to me and I intrude….ahem-I mean interview…… some of my blogging friends to see how they party and celebrate with their families. I have yet to be bored by responses and was delighted when Christine said that she would answer my party pondering about the Young family of 8.
Meet Christine Young
Christine is married to her best friend, Ray, and together they have six very active children, all ages 8 and under. She’s a busy mama, spending most of her days homeschooling her crew. She is the proud owner and author of FromDatestoDiapers.com, where she shares about life with little ones, offers advice and encouragement, and writes her thoughts and opinions on some of the greatest products on the market – those that make family life FUN.
In addition to being a mom, wife, laundry-hater, dish-washer, and boogie-wiper, Christine loves to connect with other moms in various social media spaces. She also enjoys building relationships with companies and brands on a daily basis.
Q: Life probably seems chaotic at times with a big family huh? What is a “typical” day like?
A: I like to consider our home one of organized chaos. Sure, there is lots of noise and many bodies, but we all know our individual roles and even the kiddos are pretty good about maintaining some sense of order . Each day is different, as we are not a very scheduled family – I threw the schedule out when my twins were born 9 weeks early!
Q: Do you find that each child, even your twins, are different and unique in their own way? If so how do you manage the differences to keep them all strong individuals?
A: It’s pretty amazing that even with so many children, each one is so very different, especially the twins! In fact, the twins are perfect compliments to each other… It’s almost as if they each were blessed with what the other wasn’t. I think the key to helping each of my kiddos become strong individuals is to encourage them in their strengths. Spending individual time with each, devoting undivided attention, helps them to understand that they are important just for being themselves.
Q: Being an individual is important and nothing takes the cake like having your own special day to celebrate the day you were born. How do you as a family handle birthdays?
A: We are a family who loves to open our home to others. We love having people around, so birthdays have always been a very big deal, in spite of the fact that we celebrate one almost every month! Usually we will invite our entire family and many close friends to celebrate with us.
Q: Do you do anything out of the ordinary to celebrate the twins individuality by spending one in one time with them ect. or do they share everything including their cake?
A: They share friends, so their birthday parties are usually a ton of fun but just one big party. Each of the twins get their own cake. They always have!
Q: What do you feel about the crazy “festival like parties” that parents are throwing for their kids?
A: I’ve been one of those moms who threw a crazy festival-like party, complete with a face painter and bounce house water slide! I’m not really one to comment. lol Actually it helps to have family members who are both talented and generous… I couldn’t imagine throwing big parties if I had to spend a whole lot.
Q: Is there any advice you can give moms of big families to help create a celebrated day and let their children know it is their day?
A: I think it is extremely important to make sure your kiddos know that they are special. Even if big parties aren’t your thing, there are so many ways to give your birthday child the royal treatment. Everyone needs to be treated like a king or queen, especially on such an important day!