How to handle 3 chidren under the age of 6?

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Sarah - posted on 10/30/2009

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Take it one day at a time. I do day care and have 6 kids 4 and under that come every day. I am a very routine person. We have a set time for naps and meals and I try to stay pretty consistant with that. Try also finding activities or places you can go. I find that getting out of the house every now and then makes it nice for all of us. In the summer we like going to the park to play. Winters we enjoy going to the mall where there is a nice play area. I pack a lunch for all of us and then after we play we walk down to the food court and have a picnic lunch. By time we get back it is nap time and everyone is tired. For those that don't nap I have them do quite time in the afternoon when the younger ones nap. This gives me about 1 1/2 -2 hours of down time. Some days I would do something special during that time with the older ones while the little ones napped. Also plan time for yourself. I find this is hard when you have lots of little ones, but SO important.

Caryn - posted on 10/30/2009

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I agree with the others. Map out a general schedule for the day, naptimes/playtimes/meals/ect. Make sure there is time that you can have a bit of one-on-one time with the kids. When you tell them 'no' stick to it- don't let their whinning change your mind-kids will gain up on you!

Alexis - posted on 10/30/2009

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I agree with Kelli DeGood. Schedules and Routine! And most important bed time MUST be early enough for you to have time to relax! At my home my three kids are in bed at 8pm. No exceptions! Because I need time for me. After the kids are in bed I don't do any chores! That is MY time! Paint your nails, take a bubble bath, lay in bed and enjoy the quiet! What ever you choose to do I think that this time is the most important because then you don't feel like you are 24/7 cooking, cleaning, chasing kids, doing laundry! Take time for YOU and your "old man"!

Kelli - posted on 10/30/2009

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Schedules and sticking to them. Being consistent in discipline. I have three and for two more weeks they are 2,3,4. Bedtime is especially important because after they are in bed, you hopefully get to relax.

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