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What is the hardest thing about 7 kids on a Skoolie?

Kids living on a converted school bus

What is the hardest thing about 7 kids on a Skoolie?

What is the Hardest Thing about 7 Kids on a Skoolie?

When someone posed this living with 7 kids on a converted school bus question, I didn’t even have to think about the answer. Two struggles popped into my mind. It wasn’t the laundry or the cooking. The lack of space and limited toys didn’t enter my mind. Bathing young children in a bathhouse or showering with an uninvited guest doesn’t compare to …..

1. No Alone Time

From the moment I get up someone is always within arms length of me. When I go to the bathroom someone is knocking on the door. ( See it’s no different than in a stick and brick house.) I decide to take a walk around the campsite loop, bicycles are all around me. On the occasion, that I slip into the next vacant campsite with a chair and my back turned away from our site someone has a question.

The questions are constant.  Questions like “Where’s Mom?” Come on, REALLY! We only have 234 square feet. There are not many places for me to hide! I have thought about NOT answering but it would just lead to more questions and several people yelling my name. Therefore, I just say, “I am in the bathroom – PLEASE  LEAVE ME ALONE!” Which leads me to the second hardest thing about living on a bus with 7 children.

2. Constant Noise

In addition to the lack of time alone, comes the constant noise. Please don’t miss understand, I love the voices of my children. However, when those voices are combined with screams, arguing, complaining, and lots of name calling mainly I want to scream.

I’ve had enough!!

Then, add in the Kindles, the IPads (that I have to asked to be turned down), the TV, the noise of the air conditioner, the traffic, and the other people in the campground. Some days, my ears just hurt because of the constant vibration of my ear drums.

(Just to let you in on a small issue…. If Sensory Processing Disorder was a disorder in the 1960’s, I would have gotten the diagnoses!)

One might ask, “Don’t you have quiet at night?”

This would be true at our ‘stick and brick house’ but not on the bus. There is no where to go and be alone.  Just because all the kids are in bed doesn’t mean that have alone time or quiet. This is when Jeff and Sierra want to talk because they haven’t been able to have time alone with me all day.

Or they want to watch TV.

Maybe hang out by the fire.

I do enjoy spending time with them and the rest of my family but giving up of myself 24/7 is hard. Finding a safe place to go alone is challenging. Maybe I should use one of Sierra’s ideas which is to lock herself in the van and ignore the banging on the door!!

Even though, these are the hardest things about living on a converted school bus with 7 children, I wouldn’t change our situation.  I love living on our bus, telling others about our relationship with Christ, and seeing the beautiful country God has created.

However, I will ask Jeff for more days like today. Today, Jeff took some of the children out to lunch and to the playground while the others took a nap.

I am sitting here – in the quiet – the only sound is the words coming from my brain being pecked out on the computer.

Well – wait a minute… a small voice …

“Mom? Mommy… can I get up?”


So much for quiet.

I remember the day not too long ago when I just couldn’t wait to hear someone call me “MOMMY”.  The days for quiet and alone time will come before I know it and I am sure I will be calling my children to come for a visit.

Today, I will just be thankful and enjoy my life with our 7 kids on a converted school bus – NOISE and all.  It is hard – but every noisy minute is worth it when I am surrounding by my family and living out the vision God has set before us.

What is your biggest struggle when living in your tiny home on wheels? Comment below and let’s chat.

First published in 2010.

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