Have you ever watched other people’s kids while also still watching your kids?
Aside from the fact that you are increasing the number of kids who need you, you are also dealing with the mixing of personalities.
I have had Bug get jealous about another kid wanting my lap, or wanting me to read them a book, or wanting me to push them on the swing, or just anything really because it’s Bug and he is a bit of a momma’s boy. I have had to break up fights over cars, blocks,, toy weapons, and just about any other toy. I have had to deal with Little Miss question why one household has these rules while our household has these rules.
I also have the fun of them “ganging up” on me. When there are two two year olds they tend to talk each other into doing something that they would not do if it was just one of them. And then they blame the other one when they get caught.
There is definitely a balance to it; but I have always enjoyed having a huge amount of kids around. I always feel that the more kids, the more fun.
Yes, they argue and bicker at times; but let’s face it, that will happen whether it’s your two kids or a gathering of twenty kids. Heck that happens with grown adults! We just tend to not resort to hitting and biting. At least
most some of the time anyway.
I think the key is to just keep them busy with an activity or a project or a field trip! If they’re busy then there is no space for jealousy or fighting or questioning mom’s rules or scheming. There are so many crafts and science experiments to be found online or in books from your local library. And for all age groups! It’s so easy to plan some out and just have them ready for a rainy day, to cure boredom, or just because you have a house full of kids.
Well, there you have it, it’s been just another Manic Mom-day!
Do you babysit or nanny? What kind of issues do you have to deal with? And what do you do to help avoid said issues?!