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Having more than two children, all younger than 5 years old, is a challenge.
It's hard to forget my summer of 2009. . . three boys all under the age of four.
Last week I watched a sweet mom holding a lap-jumping infant, while trying to negotiate with a disgruntled 2 year old, and answer the questions of her curious 4 year old, all in a whisper, trying to keep them quiet in the middle of a theater performance.
That's when the post traumatic stress feelings came back to me. . .
The overwhelming sense of failing someone or something. Remembering the exhaustion of meeting needs 24/7/365.**
And yet. That's no longer my reality.
Here I am 5 years later and my life looks completely different.
We just went on a family trip. And yes, of course, there was the usual whining and fatigue. But all-in-all we had a wonderful time with four kids. . .and came back happy, not spent.
So when today's guest, Hanni Go, mom to 3 kiddos, emailed me about doing an episode focusing on life with lots of young kids, I agreed wholeheartedly. Because moms to little ones need
a nap HOPE!
Perhaps you aren't that mom.
But I'll bet you know someone who fits this description and could use a little pep talk of "me too" today. Feel free to pass this puppy along to your friend (awarding you 20,000 good friend points).
In our conversation, we cover the gamut. . .from setting your schedule to decreasing middle-child-bad-behavior to spending time with your spouse.
Hanni shares some great practical tips and I try to help give encouragement and perspective.
**And FYI, I also have the fondest memories of cuddling with those three little boys. Spending loads of time playing and loving precious tiny men.
What we chat about:
- How do we balance life when there are so many people who need you, all the time, at the same time
- Re-evaluating commitments during the busy years of little ones
- Accepting the help of others and swallowing our pride, not trying to do it by ourselves
- Setting realistic expectations for how life will be
- Recognizing this time with lots of littles is hard, but over in 5 years.
- The memories of your young children aren't about your failures, but how they felt
- The challenge of type A moms in the little years to feel like they aren't getting a lot "done"
- How God shapes us into His image through those challenging times.
- Seeing the significance of the work you are doing--not resenting your husband & his work
- Know what kind of mom you are. . .let go of being all-the-moms
- How to discipline consistently when all your kids are different
- When you and your husband differ on discipline
- Why middle children act out more and how to help
- One guaranteed way to help make your day run more smoothly
- How to get some "self care" time during the day
- Defining what your family values and focus in on those things
- What helped Heather feel ahead of the game during those "little years"
- What Hanni started doing one night a week to feel refreshed and encouraged
- How to care for your marriage during these years with lots of littles
- The value of the little years on your children's future devotion to God (examples of Hannah & Jochebed)
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