Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 89 of The New Family Podcast where we get a fascinating glimpse into life in a big family.
On this episode of the show I get to talk to a mom of eight! I find big families fascinating, not just because they buck the current trend toward smaller families, but because there’s just so much we can to learn from them about parenting and about running a household. PJ Jonas and her family are a perfect example of this. They live on a farm, and in fact they run an incredibly successful family business called Goat Milk Stuff where they sell soaps and other goat milk products. The whole family is involved in helping to run the business, which has been featured on The Today Show and in O Magazine among others. PJ is here to talk to us about how her busy households operates and about raising kids who know how to work.
Here are some great resources related to my discussion with PJ.
PJ’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“So there’s a book out there your listeners may be aware of and it’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I read that book 20 30 years ago when it first came out. And it’s not a parenting book per se, but one of the habits that he has in there is ‘Begin with the end in mind.’ That’s something I’ve always taken to heart with the family. I’m not raising little children, I’m raising future adults. And I’m not going to set them up for failure based on my parenting. What do I need to do so that they can grow up and be productive adults? If you look at it that way, see their behavior now and extrapolate…then you can really start to see the things that you need to parent better and that you need to address.”
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