First let me say I have been there. Once upon a time, I had one treasured child that I followed like a hawk. Every move every protest monitored and intercepted. If he pushed another kid I could sit and discuss it with
myself him ’til the cows came home.
But I no longer have that kind of luxury. When my twins arrived, the nurses saw my two year old coming to visit his newborn bother and sister. And they replaced the regular instruction manual in my to-go bags with a different one which goes by the title, “You Can’t Do It All, But Your Kids Will Survive”
So please understand it is not that I don’t want to keep my kid from
knocking bumping yours out of the way. But as much as I would like to, I can’t split my self in three, and be there for every crash and burn little snag along the way.
And although you may have shuddered the first time your precious little one uttered the word “MINE” to another child. In our house it is more of a
sign they’re finally old enough to stick up for themselves milestone. So on the bright side, don’t feel the need to apologize when your precious little dear says it to one of mine. Quite honestly, it is the word of the day everyday at my house.
But I do feel the need to apologize ahead of time if one of my kids
hits yours in the head with a shovel bumps into yours while my back was purposely turned because I knew I was too far away to stop it from happening while I was watching one of the other two. Or if I don’t get there in time to talk to myself him/her about sharing toys and not throwing sand. Especially if you are already back in your skinny jeans and your youngest is less than six months old. Because really who are we kidding I’m too busy being jealous to worry about your kid.
Additionally, you may look more calm cool collected and well dressed than I. I was lucky to brush my teeth and find a clean shirt this morning. But I’m just making an effort to give my kids a more real-life experience.
Ultimately, what I’m trying to say is we live in different worlds you and I. While you have time to do your hair and shave your legs. I barely have time to feed clothe and find shoes for three children before herding them unceremoniously out the door and into the car.
While your child has the time to sit and contemplate wether she wants to go down the slide. My child has learned that if you don’t move or get out of the way your siblings are ready to
knock you out of the way take your place.
So when our mothering techniques don’t quite match and our approaches are worlds apart lets just know that we are each doing our best given our current situation. No nasty looks need apply.
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