I was chatting to a mum of one the other day and she couldn’t understand how I get 3 children ready to go out in the morning as she struggles with her one.
No secret. Just a timetable and a routine. The kids know that if they want time to play before school then they have to get ready when I say.
There was the time one morning where I walked in expecting to find the older two dressed. But instead Anya was sat there naked wearing a Spiderman mask…
Zach is a nightmare to dress 🙁 Since he learnt to crawl he just doesn’t want to stay still. Matthew and Anya usually join in, in this video you hear them competing to be ready first.
You may not believe me but it is easier with 3. They have competitions to see who can get ready fastest. They nag each other to get on so there is extra playtime. They keeps tabs on the others so I can get stuff ready.
The school run also has competition: who can spot the most planes/flowers/Ford Galaxies? Who can get to the lamppost first? It keeps them interested and moving forward. Hurrah!
My experience is that it is definitely easier having more than 1 child as the children have more structure to their day. Even the weekends when we have no specific plans, we follow the same procedure to make sure we are all ready to face the day, whatever it may throw at us 🙂