I’m A Mum-Of-Eight And It’s Essential The Kids Help Me With The Chores

Getting the kids ready for bed is a struggle for most, but when you have eight – including twins and triplets – things can be a little more chaotic.

Chloe Dunstan, 27, from Perth, Australia, has shared a glimpse inside her busy night time routine which has her cook and eat dinner as early as 4:30pm.

By the time she was 22, the Australian mum already had three children with her husband Rohan – Evan, eight, Otto, seven, and Felix, six.

Before even having the chance to breathe, triplets Rufus, Hank and Pearl – almost five – came along before they were joined by twins.

The busy parents quickly learned to adjust to life as a family of ten, and that meant being incredibly organised.

She revealed that her night time prep starts at 4:30pm, when she’ll cook dinner for the entire family.

During this time, the older kids often help tidy their play room, while the young tots have a nap.

“The babies have a nap in their rockers, while the others do some tidying up,” Chloe said in the clip.

“At the same time, I’ll cook the dinner for the kids.”

By the time 6pm rolls around, the kids are sitting down to enjoy their dinner, with Chloe and her husband only sometimes joining them.

On busier days, they don’t have dinner until all the kids are asleep, which is a few hours later.

Straight after dinner, the kids take turns having baths and popping on their pjs.

All the while Chloe attempts to bath and feed the newborn twins – while still watching over the older lot.

But there’s no time to sit and watch TV of an evening, as Chloe then has the kids brush their teeth and jump into bed to read a book.

Since being a parent, Chloe says she’s collected over one thousand books, which are all perfectly arranged in colour order on the bookshelf.

By 8pm, the kids are tucked in and ready to go to sleep, and only then can Chloe sit and enjoy some time with her husband.

She says: “It’s definitely gotten easier over the years with the night-time routine as all bar the twins can now dress themselves.

“With the triplets there for a bit when they were young, it was a lot of work. But I think with big families you have to do whatever works for you.”

She also revealed what a typical day might look like for life as a mum-of-eight.

She will get her kids started on some school work first thing, while she continues to run her own successful online toy store business with her husband from home.

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