Friday, March 21, 2008

Ask me a Question

Blogger's being stupid today and I can't insert any pictures or links. I can't spell check, and I can't preview how the post looks. So, I guess you'll have to wait to hear about my wonderful, fun-filled, first day of spring break. (And here I was thinking that my kids had been really good lately...)

So instead, I'm putting out a plea to the awesomist (yes, it's a word!) readers in the world: YOU! I'm creating a FAQ page for my book and am in need of some frequently asked questions to answer. Here's your chance to have your question featured in my book. Just leave me a comment with a question. Ask me general questions as opposed to ones pertaining to specific, past posts of mine.

Hoo boy, I'm thinking that I'm going to have to go through a trabillion (yes, that's a word too!) questions this Sunday.

Ok, now I'm off to watch Enchanted with the kiddos.


Traci said...

No questions...just comments.

Netflix delivered enchantment today and I can't wait to watch this with the kids!

I would love for you to join my free online resource for Moms with lots of kids :) You can follow my name to the blog with info.

Lorrie said...

How do I not gag when a child that is not my own snots, sneezes, pees,poops or any any other way slimes me? ;^) If your anything like me you can catch your own but another kid..... Or a different version of that question, How can I explain to my sister (who has no children!), that you shouldn't gag when you see your sister catch her own children's snot, sneezes, pee, poop, (in no particular order) lollipops or any other slime that they might issue!
Love your blog and I check in everyday. Puts a GREAT spin on the "hum drum" lives of mommies! Thanks

Denise said...

Why did you decide to start a blog about your family? Were you ever nervous about posting information about your family on the web for anyone to read and comment about?

Das Kwiek said...

When do you usually go to bed? (if you sleep at all... ;) )

DeniseAmalia said...

Did you always know you wanted to have a big family?

What do you feel is the biggest challenge to having 6 children?

What do you feel is the greatest part about having a big family?

Denise Waltz

hillgal3 said...

My FAQs:
Have you always wanted a big family?
How did you decide on your family size?
How many loads of laundry do you everyday?
When one gets sick in your family- do the rest of you end up sick?


Dotkat said...

Was each pregnancy planned? Or did you just decide God would give you the kids when and if He pleased?

Do you let your kids see you cry when you get frustrated or when things don't go as planned? And if you do, do tears help them give you a little pity??

My boys are Army Brats said...

How much does it cost to feed a family of 8 for a month?

Rick said...

Here's a question: Exactly how much is a "trabillion?"

Okay, seriously...

At what point did you realize that your post on e-bay had "taken off" generating so much attention?

Anonymous said...

Besides the obvious (like clipping coupons), do you have any good tips about money? A mom of 6 kids must know some good ways to stretch a buck. Thanks!

Sherry said...

As a parent, what is the most scariest thing that has happened to you regarding your children (i.e. illness, accident, etc)?

Brenda said...

I love Enchanted. Ok. As a mom, what is the one area you wish you could improve on? What is the one area you feel you are strongest in? That was 2 questions. poop, butt - that is so my question will come up when googled.

I Play Outside The Box Blog said...

Describe your dream vacation, and how long would it last?

Anonymous said...

How many times in a row do you have to watch a movie in your home before you can move on to the next one?

Kristi said...

How do you make sure each child gets equal mommy time?

Anonymous said...

Are you scared how your book will be recieved when it comes out? I told my husband to buy it for me; when it comes out. Also do you think you will be nervous to meet your fans? I would like to get your autograph.:) Susan

Donna said...

I hope you take this in the spirit intended: Why did you have so many children?

Anonymous said...

When one kid starts a tantrum do the others ushually follow?

HisWifeTheirMom said...

How do you clip 60 toe nails? Do you sit them all on the floor in a line and go from left to right?

About how much a year do you spend on haircuts...or are you cheap like me and do them yourself?

What's your trick to getting a 2 year old to brush their teeth?

Raising Country Kids said...

How do you balance your time between six kids, a husband, a house, meals, laundry, and writing?

Sara K said...

Hi Dawn! I love your blog, and can't wait for your book! It's already on my Birthday list! My question for your book is....
Are you planning on having any more children?
I love big families, and would love to have one someday, if my husband allows (ha ha), so I was just curious how big your family will be. Thanks!!

michelle in mo said...

This may not be for your book, but I do have to ask (I have 3 boys ages 11, 9 and almost 6). Do YOU have any holes in your walls? Also, do you have 500 pairs of socks with holes in them? BTW, I totally don't mind doing laundry, but I HATE sorting socks! :)

Anonymous said...

How do you keep your older ones still interested in church? My 5 year old girl loves bible time at home but fights me when its time to go to church.

Sue said...

Dawn, When you were young, did you dream of having 6 kids, a husband who cooks green, jello fish and the most excellent blog in the history of blogdome?

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if coming up with a topic for a blog entry is becoming a "chore" or if you still are having "fun?"

Sandy, HE, Illinois

Anonymous said...

Ah Ha! Lightbulb moment! I finally found where to add a comment after reading your blog fo almost a year (pokemon ebay auction ~ of course!)

Dawn, first I wanted to say thank you. You have really helped me look at the funny side of things, instead of the poor me side of things. Thank you very much. I look forward to buying your book and wonder when you will find time to fly out to California to sign it for me. :)

I read the google thing tonight. I was wondering if you make those up or if they are real? I guess I just can't imagine anyone googling blue colar runny butt, or whatever it was! LOL!

Okay, you probably get a lot of weirdos like me that type to you as if you were my best friend. Sorry. I just had to let you know how much I appreciate your blog. Really and truely.

Keep it up! You really are making a difference in people's lives, and not just the ones you live with...
Okay here is my mom question...
How the hell do you deal with homework for that many kids? Mine are a pita! I have made the rule: come home, do homework, no tv, friends, telephone, games, nothing until homework is done. That has helped, but still the whining, complaining, time taking, and the kids are as bad as me. ... LOL!
Luv ya , Dawn and thank you! ~Just Me

Anonymous said...

Why leave the same comment twice? Because it says try again. :-)

Nancy said...

When you got married, how many kids did you and hubby discuss having?

Colleen said...

I'm sure you already have these questions, but:
1. What are your kids' names and what order are they in?
2. What do you love best about each kid?
3. What do you and Joe like to do together on those rare occasions that you can get away from the kids?
4. What's your favorite book and/or author?

Semele said...

Did you and your hubby plan from the beginning to have 6 kids, or was it more of a, "Yeah, we should have another" kind of thing, and then one day there you were with 6 kids...

Anonymous said...

Did you have any idea when you listed the pokeman cards on ebay with the accompanying hilarious story, that you would increase the readership of your blog ten-fold and have such fantastic opportunities come your way?

Thanks for letting us have a peek into your life. I think your children are pretty lucky.


Wendy said...

Can I really be first, no way! Here's my question. With the stresses of caring for a family of six children, do you ever struggle with depression?

Anonymous said...

How do you decide to stop "making babies"? When you see each of your children and how you are blessed with each miracle, how can you stop having more???

Anonymous said...

Hope it's not too personal, but a couple questions I've always wondered about. How much are your grocery bills a week/month? We're a family of 5. My boys are 6, 4 & 2yrs. I'm truly frightened we may need to take out a 2nd mortgage when they hit puberty! Do you shop at Costo/Sam's Club type stores? Are you a coupon clipper? What types of meals do you prepare? ie. I'm thinking a single box of KD (Kraft Dinner) ain't gonna cut it.

Anonymous said...

How do you manage to find quiet time for yourself?

Vikki Gearhart said...

Here's a good question for your FAQ - How do you handle the annoying people asking you if you'll have more children? Or better yet, this is one I get often... "really, another one? Don't you want to take a break for a while?"

Drives me crazy when strangers at Wal-Mart comment on my plans to reproduce.

On a side note, I saw this article the other day and thought of your birthday present!

Patty said...

Did you do any writing before your blog?
Why did you decide to create a blog?
Are you Erma Bombeck reincarnated?
If you could choose only one kid who would it be? (OK, that's still my favorite stupid question.)

Anonymous said...

Ok I know this sounds weird but the reason I am one of the first people to comment is because I check this blog every night! anyway, on with the question...

what is your fave Animal? (no, cookie monster does not count!:)

:D :) :p

Trista said...

Did you always know that you wanted to have kids? If so, did you know how many? What about being a mom made you decide to keep going after each child was born? For me it was when they each turned two and I suddenly had that yearning to try for one more.

plainprecious said...

OK heres a question for you. Are you going to have a say on what goes on the cover of your book? Will there be funny pictures in it? If you were a tree what kind would you be? LOL Oh one more. Is there a teacher that you had in school that made you want to write or encouraged you in your talent> OK I am done.

Donna said...

If your looking for general mom type questions the one I never got a straight answer for (As if you give straight answers) was how much and when do I feed my infant.
If you are looking for you specific questions, how often do you take time for yourself and how often do you and your husband get to take time together without the kids?

Serial Mommy said...

i know you've answered these questions before, however i can't find the blogs, so if you could at least redirect me, i'd really really appreciate it, 1st, which site monitor do you use that gets you the google search responses? and 2nd, how do you do the strike through thing? thanks so much...and as far as most common questions, it seems as though you often get "did you plan on your kids going boy girl boy girl boy girl?"...mine go girl boy girl boy by the way, and i get the same stupid question or the idiotic "lucky you" am i lucky to have that pattern? would it be worse for me to have "girl girl boy boy" or some other combo? anyway...thanks so much...

Anonymous said...

How many children were there in your family growing up? Where are you in the birth order?

roseys madhouse said...

Heres one that I get almost every time that people find out I have six children. "Oh my goodness how do you cope?" or " How much do you spend on groceries?"or "Do they all get along?" lol I could come up with so many more but I will leave them to the other readers lol.

Sarah said...

What are vacations like with 6 kids?

What's the best part about being a mom?

What does a typical dinner look like at your house?

Just a few ideas!

DeAnne said...

Hi Dawn!

First off I wanted to say how much I love reading your blog. Thanks for the laughs!

Okay here is a FAQ question for you (hope its not too personal):

Have you ever had Post-Partum Depression after having any of your kids?

Nancy Binky said...


THANK GOD you said something on your blog about the problems you were experiencing! Since I'm a NEWBIE here, I thought I'd gotten some kinda BUG in (what my 3 y.o. granddaughter refers to as) my "pewder."

Okay...So I'm guessing that there will be at LEAST 50 people submitting this Q:

Are they ALL yours??????

Hmmm...Perhaps a good Title or SUBtitle!

Nancy Binky

Anonymous said...

Where do you draw your strength and patience from on a daily basis?

(No, you can't answer with "A pina colada in each hand"! haha)

I'm so excited about your book! I can't wait to go out and buy it!

Donna :)

Eileen said...

Dawn, if I remember correctly, your house isn't much over 1000 sq. ft. How do you manage to keep everyone's clothes, toys, etc., organized and stored with that limited amount of space?

Looking forward to your book!


Heather said...

What do you do when your not yet potty trained child takes off their messy diaper and paints on the walls with their poop?

jodi-mother of six said...

For your FAQ list:
How did you meet Joe?
How long have you two known each other?
Did you "know" he was the one at first sight?
And lastly, how can you stand those long, long winters?

the Wilkins family said...

How in the WORLD do you get your son to stop peeing on the seat (or maybe I should start with my husband...). :) I have been fighting my 5-year-old for over a year on this. I can't believe how much of a mess he can make. When I asked him, he responded: "Mom, penises are very naughty. They can't help it." What?!? So, any help? How did you keep your sanity (and your bathroom clean) with boys?


Jen said...

How on earth do you manage to get everyone dressed and ready for school etc in the mornings?? Are you always late?? I know I would be. I have trouble getting three kids up, dressed in their own clothes not someone elses, bags packed and out the door. Sometimes I drive them in my jarmies!!

Anonymous said...


I have been an avid reader of your blog since last July....I truly am so happy for your success.

My question is:

Are you planning on doing something special with any of your profits from your book(besides saving for college, etc)? For example, taking an extravagant vacation, buying a new vehicle, buying a larger home? In my opinion, you sure do deserve something extra special for yourself and your family.

Congrats Dawn! Donna in NY :)

Kathi S. said...

If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do with it?

Now that your favorite coffee creamer is not available, what is your "good, old standby" coffee creamer?

What do you do with all the stuff the kids bring home from school?

What do you like to do when you have some "me" time?

What did you and your husband do before you had kids?

BKW said...

Has another child ever wandered up to you at Target and you accidently started to walk away with 7 kids instead of 6?

Do your kids have Piggy Banks? How do you teach your kids about saving money?

Jennifer--Mom of 3+ in Houston said...

Even if you don't publish these in your book, can you please answer them here? I really want to know!!! :)

What does a typical day in your household look like (i.e. your general schedule)?

How many gallons of milk, loaves of bread, cartons of eggs, and rolls of toilet paper do you go through a week?

How do you take time for yourself each day (not including blogging...that's for us!)?

What advice can you give to those of us whose families' are larger than the "average", or those who aspire to have large families?

How did you tell your husband and family about each pregnancy? What were their reactions? (I'm about to break the news about #4 and need some ideas and encouragement b/c #3 is only 7 months old!!!)

Can't wait to read your answers and am anxiously awaiting your book!! Thanks!

Heather Everingham said...

I get the stares and glares all the time just having 4 kids, and I know you do too so how do you deal with the constant..."You've got your hands full", "Wow, you must be busy", "Are they all yours?", and the ever so popular, "You know what cause that don't you" questions from people when you go out in public.

Cindy said...

Hi Dawn,

What do you miss the most since you became a mother (hard to remember, maybe)?
What is the thing about being a mother that you never want to miss in your life?

Best regards from the Netherlands!

Heather said...

Do you get along with your neighbors? I know my 3 kids drive our neighbors crazy so I can't imagine how they would handle twice that many!

Add me to the list of those looking forward to your book! I'll just have to be careful where/when I read it so I don't wake the kids up by laughing hysterically.

BarbJ said...

Questions I would imagine you hear with annoying frequency...

Wow! Six kids! You have your hands full, don't you?

HOW do you do it?

Oh look, they alternate boy/girl. Did you plan it that way?

How much money a month do you spend on groceries?

Are you DONE having kids now?

Are they ALL yours?

And this is not a question, but a rude and annoying comment that my irl friend with 2 set of twins 18 months apart gets ALL THE TIME - Better you than me!

I've probably repeated some previous posters, but I'm too tired to read through them all today.

Tara said...

I'd like to know how you manage to get six kids to go to bed at reasonable times so you don't have cranky zombie children in the morning.

Tara said...

Oh, and how do you manage to keep up with everything, both the big things and little things? Trimming fingernails and hair, sorting socks into pairs, making sure homework is done, getting all the dishes cleaned before they're needed again, periodically spending a little one-on-one time with the kids, arranging it so everyone eats dinner at the same time and you're not stuck eating hours after everyone else, etc. and so forth? I have three boys (2, 7, and 12), and there's never enough time to keep up with everything. Do you have a schedule or daily routine that you follow, or do you just "wing it"?

Anonymous said...

Are any of your children special needs? My son looks totally normal, but he is special needs.... I get asked all the time "why is your child in developmenal pre-school when he looks so normal".

I can't wait to read your book!
Pam (Seattle)

JujuBoo said...

Before becoming a mom, did you know you wanted 6 kids?

Trish said...

Did Eileen just write that your house is 1000 square feet? For eight humans? Oh. My. God. Saint Dawn. You should start ebaying scraps of your old clothing as religious relics.

Okay, questions:

1. If you are going out (say, to 10 am mass), how early does the alarm have to go off in order for all eight of you to get there on time?

2. I'm interested in a "worst situation" story. Of all the many, many gooey, icky, snarky, nasty, poopy, snotty, dirty, gaggy situations that crop up during motherhood, what is the WORST memory that comes to mind? You know, what is the most disgusting story you will tell your 36 grandchildren about? (And are lice involved?)

3. Readers will probably want to identify with you and find some comfort along with the humor in your book. Most moms have a "lose it" moment where the pressure gets to them. Perhaps you could share a moment when you just lost it. That way your readers can laugh (you'll probably add a big dose of humor to your scenario) while feeling better about their OWN "lose it" moment. Make sense?

I'll keep thinking of more. Good luck over spring break. Thanks again.


Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn!

Okay, in light of the movie you just watched last night... :-)
As a mother to three (two of them girls ages 4 and 7), I find myself singing along to many kids' songs. Some of the songs I like, some of them I LOVE, and some of them I can't believe the words are actually coming out of my mouth! So, my question is, what kid's song do you sing along to and actually love? In case you want a second question, which one do you wish you could forget?

BTW, I live in the Chicago area, too (western suburbs)...what's up with this snow?? I thought we were done!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Dawn,

Okay, some questions for your SO:

How do your kids get along with each, really? Do they play together? What things do you do or say to encourage developing good relationships? What is your favorite family memory?

I could go on, but that's all I have for now!

I love Enchanted as well! Enjoy your spring break.

~Lisa, San Antonio, Texas

Jen said...

How do you convince your husband that another child is a good idea? We have 1 right now and I really want more but I think DH is good with only 1.

TONYA said...

OMG I just figured out who you are and I'm LMAO.

First I read Rick's comment and then Gloria's and then the bells started chiming in my beady bird brain ... I know Rick doesn't like it when I say that, sorry LOL.

I remember the Ebay auction and I'm pretty sure I may have even posted a comment. The link to it was spread like wildfire through the world of email.

Mamallama said...

How do you children feel about about growing up in the spotlight? Do they ever get embarrased or teased from classmates?

Jennifer Foster said...

Do you like the word "hubby"?

Do you read many other Mommy Blogs?

Do you have a wii?

Random, I know.


justmylife said...

How do you respond to people who ask if you know what makes those babies? And if you know how to stop it. I know people ask that, some people are kinda rude! I would guess you would have a very funny answer for them. And how do you manage to get any time alone with your husband? Just wondering, I only have 3 kids and 1 is out of the house and I still have trouble spending quality time with my husband.

Angie said...

Here's a couple of questions for the book FAQs:

1. What is the ONE thing you wish you had known before having kids?

2. What is the one biggest myth about parenting?

Mom of Army Brats. said...

do you still ebay?

Anonymous said...

So many turn to you for a little perspective, a daily laugh, and some good old common sense, who do you turn too? Thanks Susie

Franzi said...

Hey Dawn,
my general questions (which could also be answered in the SSO)

At what age should kids help with what in the house (eg doing dishes, take trash out, clean their room etc)?

How do you keep from other people trying to give parenting advice?


Anonymous said...

I know this is weird. But i'm bored and after reading about your google post, i decided to look some of those questions up, but in a different way.

"four4now blogspot"
- Led me to exactly what they searched for. If they already knew the name of the blog, why didn't they just type it in?

"peach syrup vomit"
-I guess this helps people if they are throwing up. You wait one hour from the last time they thrw up, and begin with one teaspoon of Heavy Peach Syrup. Yuck

"anal seepage blue collar"
- Haha. Obviously, Jeff Foxworthy (member of the Blue Collar comedy tour) talks about this? How...interesting

"Extra gum butt ad"
- Yeah... couldn't find anything that might work for an answer. Hmmm.

"just one year giraffe pajamas"
- Just One Year makes baby clothes and what not. Kinda cute stuff.

"i said what what in the butt"
- A viral video. Sung by Samwell.

Anonymous said...

Just off the top of my head:

1. How did your own parents influence your parenting style?

2. How do you find time for yourself?

3. If you could do anything differently, what would it be?


Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,

We know so much about you through your blog; it's hard to think of questions.

I'm curious how involved your parents and in-laws are with your kids. We work really hard to not overindulge our kids at holidays, but being that our 2 kids are the only grandkids, my in-laws really go nuts.

Also, do you have any hobbies? If you do, how do you find time? I have a zillion things I love to do, but with 2 kids I rarely get time.

Looking forward to your book!

My Kids' Mom said...

Can you tell us about your own childhood and family? How do you parent differently from your parents? Are all the grandparents still around and how involved are they with your children?

Anonymous said...

Now that you're "making it big", do you guys plan on finding a bigger house??

LadyMau said...

I know your kids are angels but have you been called to the principal's office for any of them? How many times and what were they accused of (and of course they didn't do it!)

Life with Spirit said...

What do people who have known you forever think about all this? You know, childhood friends, old boyfriends, etc... Any Toby Keith "Look at me now!" feelings or examples?

Life with Spirit said...

Do you ever fear for the safety of your family due to people knowing where you are or your name and all? I promise I'm only asking out of curiosity!

Life with Spirit said...

ok, one more... Are you ever going to move to a bigger house? Or just wait till the kids leave home and then get something bigger?

Anonymous said...

FAQ: Why do people post songs they can't get out of their head to their blog?

I listented to the song the first day. Could not get it out of my head. Then, the next day, I couldn't remember it. So, I came back and listened to it again. That worked, for one day.

I had to come back again for a third dose.

Now I really cannot get it out of my head.

I would really like to get rid of this song can you please post a different one?


A loyal man.

Bekah said...

I have four kids and my all time favorite question I get is this one:
You know what causes those babies right?! ha-ha wink, wink!
Love your blog! :-)

Matthew and Vicki said...

How do you have "quiet time" with kids around all the time?

Is it good for kids to sleep in bed with parents?

Allison said...

Hi Dawn!

1. How do you feel about the critics that say "no television" for children?

2. What is your own favorite TV show and favorite with your children?


Crazy Mama said...

How do you do outings with the kids? I have 5, one with ADHD, and I feel like I'm ready to lock them in a dungeon once I get home!

SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem said...

How much time do you spend writing both your blog posts and your book? How do you find the time with the little ones/aka how do you prevent Brooklyn from getting into stuff while you write or do you attempt it only when the kiddos are asleep? Thought I'd ask since I have this challenge myself with my book & blog writing as well.

Anonymous said...

quote: "Do YOU have any holes in your walls?" As another fellow Mom of 3 boys (6,4, & 2) I'd also like to know the answer to this. Mine have Hotwheel competitions to see who can throw theirs the hardest and make the biggest hole!

Anonymous said...

How did you tell your husband that you were pregnant with each of your children?

Anonymous said...

Once you do all the practical things like pay bills, etc, what do you want to do with your first big paycheck?

Nancy said...

What is the WORST mess that you've come home to? Come can tell us!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, love the blog!

Here are some questions...

How do you deal with having to divide your time between kids at school and pre-school? Meaning: Open House, Valentine's Day parties, Mother's Day parties, etc. It seems they always schedule my pre-school and school events at the same time.

How do you handle the loss of identity? From going from hard-working, fully-dressed, seemingly intellegent, useful part of society to hard-working, unmatched socks (only ones clean), snotwiping "(pick child's name)'s Mom"?

And last off, how do you handle it when sometimes you may not like your child through a certain stage? You love them, sure, but you've heard the same thing 120,004
times and you just can't hear it any more. Or they are going through a "bratty" period where rules don't apply to them and you've had to tell them 66,605 times not to jump on the sofa like a trampoline. Or they are clingy and attached to your leg and you have too much to do that week. How do you deal with the guilt?

Savage Family said...

SSO Question: I want to know if you are brave enough to admit to loving NKOTB. And I quote,"Step by step, oooh baby, I want to get with you girrrrrl."

Anonymous said...

Serious question here:

How would you address an unplanned pregnancy with one of your children, assuming they intended to raise the child as a single parent?

Korkie said...

My son has only been home for a week of spring break. Every time I passed his open door I whiff of deadly would attack my olfactory senses.

I tried to let my yound adult son know there were aliens or a dead raccoon the very least in him room.
He of course, mocked me for exaggerating.

I took my wine, some crackers amd cheese into my room; closed the door and refused to exit until the decaying smell was gone.

Hubby comes home, wanting dinner, and was a little 'perturbed' when I told him I was not coming out of my room until someone found the 'dead thing.'

With my wine and snacks, 'I was good to go' for the evening.

So, dh and ds go into his room to try and find the source of the horrible odor. (by the way .... they are now admitting something is just a 'hint' off.

They emerged from the room about 15 minutes later. The two of them were standing outside my closed door asking if I wanted to see what they found. I. needless to say screamed 'no, just tell me...'

THEY HAD NO IDEA!! I mean really,
they did not know if it was food, animal or human.
I'm yelling, behind closed doors, that it did not make sense they could not tell what it was.

I finally said, 'what ever it is, wrap it a kazillion bags and put it out in the trash.

My dh and ds were discussing what they thought it could have been but were not sure.

Okay Miz Dawn, so here's my question. Have you EVER found something ....... something funky, rank .... just awful smelling that you could not determine what it was?

Wannabe mom of six said...

Ok, so I am all about the husbands :) I love mine soooo much, and he does sooo much around here!

How did you and your husband split the workload after your first baby, compared to with six kids, compared to now with six kids AND you're super busy with a book deal and blog?

Are you and your husband on the same page with discipline or are you "good cop/ bad cop"?

Would you consider your marriage to still be in the "honeymoon" period? You know, all completely head over heels for each other still? Or is it more of a Working happy realtionship?

Just how great is Joe? (I think he's amazing!!)

Lulu said...

Hi Dawn, here is my FAQ.

Do you let your little children cry, for a few minutes, when you put them down for a nap or for bed or do you get up with them every time they wake up during the night? my mom let us sleep and it worked well.

Here is a question maybe for the SSO. Seriously, have you ever really thought about homeschooling your kids? My mom homeschooled all 12 of us.

You are the best and your blog is absolutely hilarious. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, This is question # 1. Are you having fun writing this book? #2. How much toilet paper do you go through in a week? See where my mind is.. in my chance to ask a brilliant question! Ok #3. Just how many licks Does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll tootsie pop? You must know?! Kristine in Michigan.

Karla said...

Ok Dawn.
What is your family's favorite meal that you make - meaning the one that... is it possible there's one that EVERYONE likes? (has to be a dish you MAKE, not favorite place you order pizza ;p) (Could be from freezer or box like a Hamburger Helper.)

And next, a comment. Not that I'm admitting to snacking on night crawlers, but I'm waiting with BAITED BREATH for your book to come out!!!
(is that a book-worthy comment?)

Anonymous said...

How do you decide where to go for outings with the entire family? I have 5 kids (ages 4-12) and it's hard to make everyone happy. Do your little ones just kind of tag along and are happy to be included no matter where you are going?
- Monica

Ketaki said...

Love your blog!
Have you ever travelled abroad? What are your favorite places to visit?
(I am sorry if you have answered this before, I am still catching up on your blog :) )


Laura said...

Here's my favorite FAQ:

Do llamas really spit?

And my question for you: which smells worst: llama spit (the deep green stuff), baby-formula spit up, or bad baby diapers?

Holly Wilcox said...

I have followed your blog and read every one of your posts. You seem like you've heard it all. Do strangers without children ever compare motherhood to raising dogs or cats? People on the airplane or in the grocery store occasionally tell me how they know what it's like taking care of children since their 3 dogs are quite a handful, etc. Do you ever hear this and how to you respond?

Laurie Starcher said...

Hi Dawn!!

So what I find myself wondering is...

What is that one thing that you do as a Mom that reminds you of your own Mom??


How active is your "extended" family in your family life?

As for me, I do tons of stuff like my mom always did, but the biggest is laying out clothes/socks/backpacks... the night before school to solve the morning confusion. You know..."Mom, I don't want to wear that shirt...where are my socks....".

Esther said...

A question for you/your book...

Does it ever bother you that people all over the world have an inside peek into your life (pictures of your kids, your couch, your carpet????)

Michelle said...

Q#1 How did you get your children to come out in order BGBGBG? (Still my favorite -- you have to put it in)

Q#2 What skill do you now, as a mother, have that you never thought you'd need?

Q#3 (Because things go in threes) How do you keep your sanity, errr I mean sense of humor?


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