Momof4

http://www.momof4va.blogspot.com

My blog shares tips, tools and techniques on how to survive and thrive as a mom to multiple kids. I am a full time mom to four wonderful kids. My husband and I were blessed with four kids in four years, including one surprise set of twins!

How do you split your time so that all your children get enough attention?

We do one on one time each week with each child. This can be taking them somewhere or just reading together or playing together.

Do have any tips for handling sibling rivalry?

Make each child feel special! Have the siblings share what they love about one another.

Moms of multiples are often experts at multitasking. Have you discovered a shortcut or trick that all moms could use?

Try not to multitask too much - it could back fire! Check out my blog post on 8/22 on this topic. Learn what you can multi task at - folding laundry while helping an older kid with a bath or shower and what you cannot multitask on - cooking dinner and being on a work conference call while the kids are in the same room!

Can you recommend a great summer snack to feed kids on break or to pack for days at camp? (Please include a link to the recipe.)

Kathleen Tirella Ecker

One of our favorite summer time snacks is Frozen Grapes! They taste great, cool you off and help to keep lunch box items chilled! Simply wash and freeze! When it is hot out, my kids don't like to eat heavy food - so we stick to lighter fare and they love to dip! Fruit slices in yogurt, veggies in Hummus. Please see link below to my blog on dippers!
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What's one of the worst messes your child has made? Please share a link to a photo if you have one.

Kathleen Tirella Ecker

My twins used to love to play "the very hungry catepillar". When they were about 1 1/2 - 2, they empited pretty much the entire fridge in under 5 minutes. Huge mess in the kitchen that trailed into the family room. I was picking up 1/2 eaten food and smushed food for what felt like an eternity!!! Now that they are older, thank goodness they no longer do this and do like to help in the kitchen! They also went through a phase when naptime equaled dumping out all their dresser drawers and closet. Thank goodness that is over too! Be sure to check out my blog for tips on surviving with four kids in four years and my crazy life!
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