Parenting More Than One Child

United States
June 28, 2007 4:36pm CST
Having two or more children, how do you make sure you spend quality time with each child on a daily basis? Is this possible? What types of activities do you do together? Do you have a "high maintanence" or "sensitive" child that requires more attention than the others? How do you balance your relationships with your children?
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@lillake (1634)
• United States
28 Jun 07
It can be rough trying to get time in with both boys. I try to just be available as much as possible to both of them. My youngest is still nursing so we get plenty of time that way, my oldest usually gets me while his brother naps or in moments when he is off playing. I also try to give them each some time when I can alone. Like taking my oldest to the post office with me while the youngest stays home with dad, or spending quiet time with my youngest in the morning before the oldest wakes. Some days i feel like I've been ripped in two trying to care for both of them.
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• United States
28 Jun 07
It is more difficult than I thought it would be, and I feel so torn at times! I have a 10 year old daughter, and now we have a 14 month old daughter and a 6 week old daughter. It's tough! I try each day to spend one on one time with each of them, but feel guilty at times. Trying to get used to balancing it all!
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@surveygrrl (1271)
• United States
28 Jun 07
They rarely nap at the same time so everyday I have some one on one time with each. I can swing them both at the same time or play in the sand or with playdough. I have a seat on my bike so my youngest can ride in there and we can take bike rides. We play outside a lot. I show them simple things like leaves and bugs. Reading books to them both or let one play while I read to the other. I think my son is a little active but I just keep him busy.
• United States
28 Jun 07
watch cartoons together, go to the park, color, find an activity book that you guys can make things together. let them help you cook do the laundry the dishes, read them stories.
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@rapolu_cs (1184)
• India
29 Jun 07
We are planned to have two kids in our family and what i think is parenting two kids is not difficult than with the more kids and mostly i belive in the saying that parenting does not depend on the number of kids but it matters with the attitude and patience,love and caring of parents with the kids they have unnecessary of the number how many they have,what do you say ?
@Carrie26 (1587)
• United States
28 Jun 07
When my daughter is down for her nap I play with my son that way he gets some time to me and then I play with my daughter before she goese down for her nap.Sometimes they will play together but sometimes they will get into fights.My duaghter is in a whiny and temper tantrum stage as well as my son since he started his temper tantrum stages later he is 3 years old .My daughter is 22 and a half months.But If say the baby goes down for a nap after you have played with the baby then try to ge your 14 year old and hse can play with you and the 14 month old.I know it can be hard at times to play and have times for each one since you cant split yourslef in two.I have 2 kids.MY mom had 3 kids.But she managed to play and make time for us.It was probably hard for her to do.It can be a task.But even a little bit of play and activities with the children is good.