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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    How do you get and make the most out of time for yourself?
    Grocery shopping as *me time* seems to be in the same category as getting a vacuum cleaner as a birthday present. *Ah yes, I get me time as I scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors.* Kind of thing.
    Hahaha!!!! Sooooo true!

    But to the OP I can totally relate to that conversation about 2 kids verses 3. As soon as I had my third my home became chaos! My husband and I joke that kids have a multiplying factor.

    1 child (you multiply by 1 equally 1 on the insanity scale) - not so bad
    2 children (multiply by 2 = 4) - getting stressful sometimes
    3 children (x 3 = 9) - wishing to be sent to a nuthouse for a nap every once in a while = normal

    I can't even imagine 6... I have a lot of respect for people who can manage that many kids. I can only imagine what it's like.

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    Your family sounds a bit like mine, except my DD11 is mostly independent now in learning, it's my DS8 who is the energetic bright terror and has been since birth practically (and I'm getting the idea that he's never ever going to morph into a people-pleaser), my DS5 isn't much trouble except that he and DS8 fight a lot, now, and it's my toddler DS that is the one our days have to be managed around, because he's quasi-potty-training and gets screamy/screechy/violent when bored, and yells "PARK!! PARK!!" at the top of his lungs while hitting and biting, til we realize that nothing is getting done anyway until his needs are satisfied.

    I had planned for us to resume studies this week, and that sorta-kinda worked out, but not really according to plan.

    Due to the toddler being quasi-potty-training, and DS8 being a pain in the neck, we're just striving for seeing the kitchen floor, and DD11 does some of her end-of-year diagnostic Math Mammoth test each day. DS8 does as little as humanly possible, with a scowl and great huffing and grumbling.

    I am lowering expectations because life support systems are failing, reminding myself that there are ebbs and flows.
    This is an ebb.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    Ha, @crunchynerd--I feel you! I remember when I only had my older two and we could just go on a hike or walk first thing each day to get that activity in. Now that idea is just so...unbelievably daunting.

    I think I remember my oldest being like your stubborn 8yo--there was a year that we did nothing but watch Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls (so I made it sort of a unit study so I could feel better about it, LOL) and go on hikes. It made for a nice year--but now I kind of feel like I'm still paying for it with having to arm-twist and cajole him to write even basic sentences.

    Good luck with the potty training!!
    DS1 (3/05), DS2 (3/08), DD (12/12), DS3 (11/15)

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    I only have two. But what I remember about growing up as one of 8 kids is that my mom lived by ROUTINES. And there were 2 who were very needy in terms of attention.

    My two are only 12 months apart. My mom had 8 kids in 11 years--the last 4 of us born in a 26 month time span (twins!!). When mine were small and/or a pain, I just kept telling myself that if my mom could raise 8, I can raise 2.

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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