I have 2 kids of my own, and babysit 3 other kids 3 days a week. They're fantastic kids, but meal times are really crazy. I set the table, get everyone served and then they all need something else. One needs her glass refilled, then another drops her entire sandwich on the floor, and by the time I get that one re-made another one needs seconds on his carrots and then the baby is crying because he needs more grapes and then my daughter has an accident and needs her pants changed... and that's on a good day, when they all like what I'm serving for lunch, otherwise I'm asked several times if they can have something else, or if they have to eat it all... followed immediately by "when's snack time?" The waste factor in my house has gone up by a lot, and I don't even get to sit down and eat until everyone else is done, and by then I'm having to set the timer for turns with toys or help one of the little ones do something or nurse the baby or...
And getting everyone ready to go outside? Ridiculous.
All 6 of us need sun screen if it's the middle of the day (and they all want to go outside at the stroke of noon). So it takes 20 minutes or longer to get everyone covered in sun screen, plus finding shoes, hats, drinks and toys for all of them... to play outside for 20 minutes before someone gets hungry or needs to use the bathroom or gets bored, etc etc etc.
Those are my two biggest struggles. Any tips on streamlining this?
Kids are 7, 5, 3, 2 and 10 months. And my 3 year old is an instigator lol.
Answer by NotPanicking at 12:08 AM on Jun. 11, 2011
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