Travelling on the tube with 7 kids aged 9-10

Corinne - posted on 09/24/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, it is my son's birthday next week, the kids are already 9-10 and so whilst they should be responsible little citizens by now I do have to change trains at probably the busiest station in Berlin, it is busy, loud, distracting and it is making me a little nervous. I will be the only parent/adult and although I will be laying down the law in terms of rules, staying together, keeping the noise down etc I still feel a little nervous. Am I overreacting. I have thought about asking one of the parents but most of them work or have smaller children that they would have to bring, do you think I should pay my babysitter to join us?

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Jodi - posted on 09/24/2013

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I think 7 kids will be fine. It's not that many. Have them pair up (or group of 3) and make sure you can keep an eye on the groups. At that age, they should be fine. They would be used to school excursions at this age, where they have to pair up. Just make sure you regularly stop and give instructions. Don't give them 10 bit instructions at the start and expect them to follow them. Instead, break it down for them into segments. Allow plenty of time to do that. Give an instruction, have them follow that through, stop and then give a new instruction. Does that make sense? Too much at once just gets them confused and that's when you end up in trouble.

Corinne - posted on 09/24/2013

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Sorry I forgot to mention, it is seven kids, one of which is my own, there are three quite assertive girls coming too, so I am going to be relying on them too to keep the guys in check LOL

Jodi - posted on 09/24/2013

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Well, how many children do you have to manage? I would say you are over-reacting, but it depends on how many.

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