Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family

This book by Mary Ostyn was recommended to me by my great friend, Ashley Wells. This mother of 10 has very practical and straight forward advice for helping you raise a large family. It is a quick and easy read, which is great when you do have a lot of kids. Ostyn shares from her personal experience and occasionally throughout she has stories from others with larger families. It's very down to earth.

My favorite section is on treating your children as individuals and not a unit. Each child is unique and has their own personality and interests. This is something I have been learning a lot about this past year and was thankful to read about how to figure out your children as they grow.

The thing I wish there had been more info on was practical recipes to save money on groceries. This is something I have been trying to figure out so it would have been nice, but not something everyone may need. Maybe a good alternative would be a resource list that is accessible online.

Overall I would recommend this book, and give it 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. Mary does have another book about meal planning, saving money, etc...


    I read it before we had kids, and didn't really like it too much. I just didn't think it had extra useful information. However, I wonder if reading it again might bring a different perspective!