Before we adopted, we had to thoroughly answer the question of how we would be able to spend time with all those kids. After all, we already had 5 and the adoption brought the total to 7. (Don't forget - Kendra has 8!!!)
Now that we have the girls home and are actively working to weave them into the fabric of our family, there is something that I do to spend time with all my kids that I never actually anticipated.
15 Second Snuggles, or Micro-Snuggles
The other day we were outside, playing, and my new little 2.5-year-old actually stood still for a few seconds. I gently pulled her onto my lap and held her and rocked, while counting to 15 in a sing-song voice. Then I let her go and she ran off to play some more. A few minutes later she circled back to me again and I grabbed her and did it again. She thought it was a fun game and I knew that it was slowly building into her brain that she is my child and I am her mommy.
My other children noticed what was going on and they started asking for quick snuggles, too. It has become a habit of mine to grab the kids as they pass me in the hallway or when they are reading on the couch or whenever I can and just give them a quick micro-snuggle.
I love to snuggle with the kids on the couch, but I don't always have time to sit down for an extended time to do that. These micro-snuggles are helping me connect with my children, even in the midst of a large, busy family.