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Moms of 3 or More Do you have 3 or more children? Often times, parents with 3 or more kids face challenges that those of 1 or 2 just do not. This board was set up for those parents to ask others how they cope with issues such as making time for each child, who stays u

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Old 08-26-2004, 08:09 PM
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Kids need to have some rules and they need to know what the rules are. Try to keep them simple. Also structure is important so everyone feels like there is some control.

I remember stomping my feet and screaming "I am the boss!!!" to my 2 & 3 yr olds. It was pitiful how I had let them run me over. I had no control and they were too little to control themselves. My mother-in-law had raised 6 children so I went running to her for advice. I was close to running away from home because my house had become a war zone!

She is the one who taught me about having a structured schedule (leaving room for spontanious activities) and simple rules.

1. If you fight over it, it will be turned off or put away. If you don't take care of it then it will be put up until you are older.

2. Destruction of property, harming others, and not treating parents with respect are capitol offences and will be handled immediatly.

3. Everyone needs hugs, everyone needs to hear "I love you". "Please" and "Thank You" and "Excuse Me" are magic words too.

4. A mother's lap is a safe place, run there if you are afraid you are going to do something that will get you in trouble.

5. Everyone will respond to a scream of "HELP!" We are a family and that means we help each other.

6. Have a quiet corner or chair where a child can go when they don't want to be bothered. This is not a place of punishment but a safe haven where they can get some quiet time, or a place where they can cry without getting into trouble.

Each family has different problems, hopefully some of this will help. You are the parent and they depend on you, so take good care of yourself. Take time to pray, eat well, sleep when you can, count your blessings and look for reasons to laugh. These are not options, they are necessary!!!

Love & Prayers,
May God give you for every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, for every care, a promise, and blessing in each trial, for every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh, a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.
~An Irish Blessing
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Old 08-27-2004, 04:21 AM
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Those are great guidelines to go by. I will try them.. Sometimes we get so caught in things that we forget about the simple things that children need to grow like little hugs, tickling sessions, goofing time, etc.. I am going to slow down and realize that not everything is a crisis and I am going to pick my battles better.

Thanks for the advice. I am really enjoying this site..

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