Kids out on Vacay

@jalucia (1435)
United States
December 29, 2008 8:17pm CST
Ok, the kids are home on vacation. This means opening my door to other kids in the family for sleepovers. This means constantly hearing noise, bickering and fighting. This means playing referee, coach, giving time outs and joining the team for a game or two. And, to boot, it means being chef, maid, dishwasher, server, nutritionist and personal shopper. Oooh, I could go on and on. What surprises me when the kids aren't in school is how much they need to be fed and watered. This in itself is a vicious cycle. So, what roles are you guys playing while dealing with your kids being on vacation? I'd like to feel like I'm not alone, even though I often seem to be the only person over the age of 8 in my world.
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@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Tonight is one of those sleepovers at my house. The one nice thing about taking kids into my house is that then my kids get invited to stay at their friends house too, so I will at least get on night free. My thing is that I am constently cleaning when the kids are home. It is like I get everything cleaned up and when I return to that room, the kids have destroyed it again.
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Say it again, sister!! It's a vicious cycle. The thing is when my hubby comes home and finds something in disarray, he doesn't even know how many times I have already cleaned up that same thing before he walked through the door.
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@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Oh, don't even get me started on my husband! It is like I have done nothing but sit around all day in his mind. Then my daughter starts in with her talking (nonstop) and he asks me to make her stop. Hello....I have been listening to this all day!
• Australia
30 Dec 08
Yes it's much the same here but probably a little easier. I live in apartments and there are another two kids here for my daughter to play with which means I usually have 3 kids at my place. But sometimes they go to one of the others' house and then I have peace and quiet :) For a few minutes anyway. They can also go home to eat and drink I don't have to worry about feeding the neighbours' kids. It gets a little bit annoying when they fight but it's good that my daughter is not lonely.
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Yes, that's one of the reasons why I don't deny my son the company, because he is the oldest and the only boy. But, it truly is a sacrifice to me to add even one more kid to my clan. You sound like you have a great community thing going on. Good for you!!
• India
30 Dec 08
Ya, I am with you. I make them sit with a pencil, crayons and notebook. You will be amazed to see how creative they are and I can have peace for 10 min.
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Yep, 10 min ... and then they need a new activity. But, you gotta appreciate every ten minutes of peace that you are able to get while the kiddies around. I wish many increments of ten minute peace ... or, better yet, a whole twenty minutes.