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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 01-10-2002, 09:57 AM
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Boys vs. Girls

I once read in an Erma Bombeck book where she said that boys were easier to raise than girls because they were more honest. Her example was when middle-grade girls are too quiet and you ask what they're doing, they say, "Oh, nothing!" But if you ask boys that same question, they'll tell you exactly what they're doing: "Tommy's throwing the cat down the laundry chute - it's really cool!" :D

My personal philosophy is that girls are easier when they are young, before the hormones kick in. After hormones, it's the other way around, with boys being easier!

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Old 01-10-2002, 11:15 AM
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I have heard the same about girls and hormones. Marianna (12y) has been on a hormone roller coaster for the past 6 months. She finally began her period on her birthday, November 2nd this past fall. One week prior to her beginning her second cycle the hormones were riding again...and I have two more girls to follow! Well, I guess that means that when my son is a teenager I can finally relax?!!
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Your son will be ...

Someone else's nightmare! LOL! :D

I heard that one on Roseanne ... remember that show? I didn't watch it too often, but one of the few times I did she was talking about how hard it was to have daughters in the hormone stage. Then her dh asked what was going to happen when their son hit that age ... she replied that he would be some other mother's nightmare!

I loved that! I'm raising four nightmares!

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Ahhhh yes, my daughter is outnumbered. She spends most of her time at her friend's house, then we she is home she cops an attitude. UGH And she's only 8 (almost)!
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Old 01-11-2002, 09:05 AM
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LOL! I like that..."I am raising four nightmares"!

How do you all handle chores in your households?
Each of my 4 children have had pretty basic and simply chores, but I am finding that I now need to "upgrade" what my 2 oldest do. Is there a way to do this without starting the "It's not fair" syndrome?

I am wondering if I should create a chore chart, especially for my 9 and 12 year olds. Basically this chart could rotate the "more advanced" chores between them...
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Ahh yes, the lovely "it's not fair" complaint about chore delegation. POST A LIST!! so they don't always say "but I forgot what I was supposed to do today!"
I find that as they get older, the kids get tired of the daily, little chores & these can be "passed on" to the younger ones(except for of course things like beds & rooms kept tidy). The larger chores begin to seem more appealing because they're done less often, even though they take more time: e.g., snow shoveling, grass cutting, garbage & recycling to the curb, vacuuming.
In the summer, I have a list of things that need done for each weekday - each child picks 2(mom gets the rest) - totally their choice - everything from cleaning the toilet to folding laundry to sweeping the floor to pulling weeds. They also pick from the list of "rewards" - go to the park, bowling, have a friend over, long bike ride, rent a movie, etc.
When we're done our own chores, we help each other finish, and have the day free for fun!
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Old 01-13-2002, 03:53 PM
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I have 2 children and have gone threw the same "Why does she get less jobs then me?" snydrome and I think I came up with the perfect solution. Each child has their few chores that need to be done and when we enter a new month, they change jobs so that the chores rotate back and forth from one child to the other, they tend to get less sloppy and careless when one child does a job better than the other ( a little competition goes a along way) and I find they do not get so bored with helping out around the house. This method does keep things "Fair and Even" and it also helps to give each child a break. Hope this helps>
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I think that's a great idea Laura! Kids have short attention spans, so that sounds like a perfect solution. Thanks for sharing that!

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Old 01-13-2002, 04:43 PM
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Thank you Kelly, Karen and Laura! What great ideas!

I am hoping to work on a chore chart this week. I am going to base it around our upcoming spring extra curricular activities schedule so that no one feel overloaded.
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Ya know, sometimes I feel so sorry for my daughter being surrounded by three boys...

I think that's why I decorate her room all the time LOL I just hung up more shelves, out her beanies on them, and hun one of those mini plastic shoe organizers and put beanies in there too.

I was the only girl, and had two brothers. It's hard being a girl surrounded by boys. But tonight, she complained about having her own room. YEP that's what I said. LOL She and Tony decided to trade. Well Tony's room is also Dominic and T.J.'s room, Tony sleeps on the top bunk. So Kristen started off in there and ended up switching back with Tony. I think she appreciates her own room again! ;-)

Those boys are just too darned rowdy and noisy!
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