I love watching A Baby Story on TLC. I love it when they feature larger families. This particular family they featured yesterday was having their fifth baby. A boy after four girls. They were all seven and under like our family is currently. Except our boy is the eldest.
The thing that bothers me about the mom I watched is that she said that having five kids is easy! I was watching and I thought to myself. Lady, you have no idea. Right now that little boy just lays there and eats, sleeps and poops. He is the easiest out of the five of them RIGHT NOW. Just wait until you have an older child and he starts growing up!!
Anyways. It was just how she said it. She said It is easy to have five kids. She said it is easy because I am organized, we have schedules and we have rules that the kids follow.
She went on to say that people who find it hard to have five kids must not be organized, scheduled. We have rules that the family follows. From what I can gather her husband worked six days a week. And when he was home he was home at 7:30 at night, each night. And she says that is easy. I say she is lying. She says who cares if the house is dirty. I have a dirty house. Who cares if we eat dinner at 7:30. I say to that, if you had a schedule and rules that would all be taken care of and wrapped up already. Yes.
I have five kids, I am very organized, and I have a daily schedule. I can tell you my home is not dirty, and we have meals as a family almost every night. We find the dinner hour a very important time of the day! My husband works, mind you he comes home a lot earlier around dinner time. But, it is not EASY! I may make it look easy at times, but as you have come to know me. I know my readers have seen MANY posts about my bad days (like my yesterday for example!)
I just cannot believe somebody would just say that! It is easy!! I would say some days are easier than others, but I would not say it is EASY. In my experience, raising five kids has been very challenging, I give until I can give no more. Raising children, whether one or six or ten really can tax a solid marriage and relationships. At times I want to breakdown and run away. Some days I say I could have six more kids. Don't ask me when I am cleaning poop up! I would say at that point?! Why did I have kids?
Anyways. I just wanted to put my two cents in. Did anybody catch that episode yesterday? She just really bothered me. Even one child is not easy. She said she could add ten more kids in, and it would be easy because she is organized and scheduled. Wow...mind blowing to me.
I would say raising five kids has been rewarding, challenging, frustrating, interesting, trying at times. Difficult at times, and I have been stretched to my capacity at times.
Easy is when the kids are all in bed and asleep, and you can see them all recharging their batteries for the next day. That is when it is easy!! Because they are all on their "scheduled" sleep time lol.
Every day is a new day. I am thankful for that.
I know my life is going to get even more challenging with having six kids ages 8 and under. I have kids in pretty much every age and stage. I know it is not going to be EASY! I will just take it a day at a time. I know we will make it!
End of rant!