According to my cousin, having young children out in public is like herding cats. I tend to agree with her. We have a three year old and a 22 month old still at home. Sometimes the mere thought of leaving the house alone with both of them sends chills of fear down my spine. I’m not saying I have the worst behaved kids in the world, but, well, they are, how should we describe them? They are spirited. Like all kids, they can smell fear, so I try not to let them see me sweat…much.
Suffering from intense anxiety since my three year old was born probably hasn’t helped the situation very much, but, hey, I’m either really daring or a complete idiot. I don’t really have much help during the week since my husband travels for his job and it’s just the cats, uhm, I mean, kids and me. I’ve gotten pretty good about taking them to the store. I can strap at least one of them into the cart. They may wail like an injured animal, but they are safe. Plus I tend to bring lots and lots of snacks everywhere we go. Snacks are awesome! Running out of snacks? Not so much. Some days I’m even daring enough to take them to the library or the park, but both of those activities tend to end in crying or screaming or both…and that doesn’t even cover how the kids act!
When it was just one baby, I thought it was tough. My eldest daughter was already practically out of the house when her first sister was born, so it was like having a first child all over again. It seemed hard, but I only had one to keep alive. Now that the third one is walking (and running), it’s like it went from a difficulty level two to a level twenty in a matter of months.
How do people with multiples do it?? I have a friend who has four kids who are aged six and under. She is a freaking rock star! I want to ask her for notes on how she manages, but I’m too embarrassed to admit my difficulties. I’d rather post it on the Internet for potentially thousands of strangers. Ha! I have another friend who has six kids, SIX KIDS!! And she actually takes them out to eat…by herself! Whhhaaattt???
Who are these women and why am I so inferior to their maternal skills? What makes one woman so capable of handling multiple kids in public (and private), but I feel like I’m planning for war with every outing??
Seriously, does anyone have suggestions because I am all ears. I’m trying to stay away from the baby leash even though I’m sure the 22 month old would actually like it since she has a huge fascination with puppies right now. Other than medicating my kids, how do I go to public parks or the mall by myself with them and not be afraid of their imminent demise?