Recently I took up a challenge to take care of 4 kids (ages 11, 9, 4, almost 2) for about 30 hours. I wanted to try to get a very small glimpse into the hard work you moms go through each day. One of my clients Kim wanted to surprise her husband with a weekend away and Abby and I agreed to watch the kids. (Note: this is a one time thing, child care services is NOT a new service I will be providing 🙂 )
This video is a little long, but I think you will enjoy seeing some of the funny things that went on. You will laugh as I learn a valuable lesson, no ice cream in the car, and you will smile watching me try to change a diaper, and you will be impressed as I have the kids help cook up a tasty halibut dinner. I did no editing so it is very raw.
After you watch it I have some observations:
The kids were awesome, but after the weekend was over, both Abby and I were exhausted!
Here are some random thoughts:
-Kids age 1-4 are so much work
-2 year olds cry for no apparent reason
-Nap time is awesome, only if both kids nap at the same time
-9 and 11 year olds can help out with the littler kids which helped out so much!
-It was very tough to get anything else done because I was always trying to keep an eye on the younger kids to make sure they weren’t doing anything dangerous
-Playing ping pong with a 4 year old is testing on the patience
-Kids love sweets
-Making food for all the kids takes quite a bit of work, especially if they are all trying to eat different things
-Changing diapers gets me stressed out and anxious
-Kids have very short attention spans and get bored easily even though 30 seconds before they were super excited
I hope you enjoyed the video and my insights that you already know about. I am even more impressed than ever what all you moms do each and every day. It is a very challenging job that doesn’t get recognized very much. Keep up the great work!