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I’ve had a lot of questions and comments about raising six kids, which I have to admit is a bit of a challenge (and one that I thoroughly enjoy!). Most questions arise around the finances of a large family (which I’ve addressed before) and how to stay organized. I’ll address one of my favorite hacks for the latter question – our Family Binder. Basically, there’s a lot of different information your family needs on a regular basis that often ends up being scattered around the house. Putting one together is easy: Just get any kind of three-ring binder, and a bunch of plastic sheet protectors.
The kids want a bedtime story again? Kids love it when their parents read to them at bedtime. But let's face it. In today's society, time is of the essence. There's only so much you can do in a day, and there isn't a lot of time left to spend with your children and a good book.
Here is a collection of wonderfully weird illustrations by Gōjin Ishihara, whose work graced the pages of numerous kids' books in the 1970s. The first 16 images below appeared in the "Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters" (1972), which profiled supernatural creatures from Japanese legend. The other illustrations appeared in various educational and entertainment-oriented publications for children. - Kappa (river imp), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972 - Jorōgumo (lit. "whore spider"), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972