We are blessed with four children. They often accompany me outside of the home when I shop, run errands, or do pretty much anything. So why does it bug me when perfectly well-meaning strangers get right in my face and ask, “All they all yours?”

I don’t consider us to be a big family. Others will disagree. I do admit, however, that I could use some help from those that have been in the large-family trenches and have come out with all their limbs intact. That’s what Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World aims to do. I have found that not only does author Meagan Francis do this with humor and compassion, but the book is relevant for families of any size!

Topics in this book range from room arrangements, grocery shopping, transportation logistics, hotel room survival skills, and saving for college. While it would be fair to say that each chapter in the book could be subject for a separate survival guide, Ms. Francis flatters us by assuming that we are intelligent enough to get it without all the fancy extras. Tips are clear, concise, and ready for implementation. Not only does she give her take on some of the best parenting hacks I’ve ever read, but she gives us hundreds of real-life examples from other moms who’ve been there/ done that. Meagan also gives her readers a number of really helpful resources to use along the way! The websites mentioned are all handy additions to your bookmarked favorites, and I found that many of them are useful for anyone wanting to save time and money.

There are many things to think about before having a large family. But if you’re like most of us, you didn’t exactly “think” your way into that 3rd, 4th, or 5th little bundle of joy. If you find yourself already struggling with the daily management of a larger household, you can take heart in many of the helps in this book. If you aren’t sure about having a large family, this book may scare you (or gently nudge you) into right direction.

Either way, you will agree with the overall theme of this book; Children are a blessing – no matter how many you have. For more information on Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World, visit Meagan’s website.