How do you do it?
That is the one question I get most often when people see me with my kids or I tell them that I have 4 kids. I honestly don’t know how to answer. I don’t like this question. No one wants a real answer and they almost say it like pity. Don’t pity me because I have 4 beautiful children, I make everyday work as best I can.
My latest answer is “Minute by Minute”. Which is the most true. You never know what is going to happen, so I go minute by minute until bedtime. It works, it might not be the most glamorous way to get through the day, but it works. We have to jungle multiple schedules and commitments each day and at any minute something could happen to throw us all of.
I have used the funny answer of “Wine”. But, I don’t like wine. I wish I did! It seems like the most off-handed way to answer this question. I have found that drinking and then having to take care of kids all the next day is no fun at all. It rarely makes the day better for anyone.
The other response I give is a shrug of the shoulders because somedays there are no words. Somedays are tough. When the baby doesn’t nap, or the 3 year old doesn’t want to be where we are and she has been dragged around all day. My older kids are giving me attitude and are tired and don’t want to do their homework. Those days I wait for bedtime and know that tomorrow is a new day.
I do feel like this questions is unfair. I don’t think that because I have 4 kids I have it any harder than other moms/dads. Whether you have one kid or 10, you have your challenges. One kid is hard, you have to do all the entertaining! I have older kids to help.
My real response to this questions is more along the lines of “Just like everybody else”.