Nine kids and loving it
By BYRON MOORE
TWEED super mum Lyn Davison is entitled to a good Mothers' Day tomorrow.
She knows more about the trials and tribulations of motherhood than most.
Being the mother of nine children has given an experience like no other.
In an expanded modern equivalent of the Brady Bunch family, Lyn, 45, and her six children from her first marriage, joined forces with second husband Simon and his two children, then had one more together, taking the total brood to nine children.
Lyn said running a household of 11, including six children under the age of 16, has developed her organisational skills into a fine art.
"It's like boot camp around here, and when I let it go chaos reigns, so if you don't get or-ganised then it can get out of control," she explained.
Assigning household chores to children via a regularly updated roster, Lyn's family life is so organised she somehow finds the time to coach her daughter's softball team and manage the Tweed Sharks softball club too.
"Well it's like they say, if you want something done, ask a busy person," she laughed.
Running a family that big would be impossible without a decent measure of humour, and Lyn has plenty of it.
"When we (Lyn and Simon) got married they played the Brady Bunch theme and we used to get called Mike and Carol ... but we even went three better than them."
Leina, 23, Megan, 21, Eric, 20, Blake, 16, twins Lucy and Cohen, 13, Zac, 12, Danielle, 9, and Phoebe, 2, give mum Lyn plenty to worry about, but the little signs of appreciation from her children are all the thanks she needs this Mothers' Day.
"The little things they do for you make it all worth it.
"One of them gave me a card a week ago and it said 'Mum, you're such a special person', and that just does it for me", she said.
Tomorrow is extra special for the Davison family as Lyn celebrates her first Mothers' Day as a grandmother, after daughter Megan gave birth to baby Malia five months ago.