Tips on How to Thrive with 3 or More Kids
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing about tips on how to thrive with 3 or more kids.
Having three or more kids can be overwhelming, but many couples still aim to have this many children. In fact, 41% of U.S. adults think families of three or more children are ideal. This, according to experts, is because having more kids can bring much joy and fulfillment. However, it can be quite challenging and chaotic at times. Parenting multiple kids can be a lot of work, and you’ll probably go through many hectic weeks as you juggle parenting with work obligations. However, there are things that you can do in order to effectively manage your family. Here’s how parents can thrive while caring for three or more children.
Organization is Key
The amount of your kids’ activities, along with your other responsibilities, can be staggering. However, according to a survey, 85% of young people actually believe that kids are better off when their plates are full and they don’t have too much time to just hang out. From playdates, to school work and extracurricular activities, and family occasions, it can be difficult to keep track of all of them, but it is possible to stay on top of them. One efficient way to do that is by having a family calendar where you jot down activities and schedules.
You can keep it in your phone and even have a family calendar whiteboard in the house. It is also wise to use a birthday calculator to plan ahead, since it lets you know how many days remain until your children’s next birthdays. Use a color-coding system and assign a color for each child, and be detailed when listing information for every activity as well. With the family calendar on your phone, you can set up alerts so you’ll never miss anything.
With three or more kids, you may not be able to handle and do everything by yourself, and there is no shame in admitting that. So, you can hire childcare services in order to manage your home better and give yourself some breathing room. Many parents do this. In fact, one survey reveals that 74% of parents hire a sitter at least once a month. You can hire a babysitter, a nanny, or even a cleaning crew to help you keep your family’s life in order, or you can also consider dropping your kids off at a daycare center. You’ll find that hiring help will give you more free time so you can focus more on your kids, and it will also allow you to have the quality “me time” that you deserve.
Get Your Kids to Help Out
To be less stressed-out, you can assign tasks to members of your family, including your kids. You can train and teach them simple housework, like separating laundry, folding clothes, doing the dishes or doing some light cleaning. Meanwhile, you can teach your older kids to prepare food or even cook. This does not only help you manage the household better, it also benefits your kids. According to experts, assigning your kids chores help them learn responsibility and self-reliance.
Having three or more kids does not mean your life has to always be hectic. By getting organized, hiring help, and letting your kids help out, you can have a happier and more positive experience as a parent.