Does it get a less stressful / hectic after the baby / toddler years?

Renae - posted on 07/10/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Toddler & baby and everyday is a challenge. Just with the diapers, nursing, potty training, napping, whining, carseats and packing a small suitcase to leave the house etc. I tend to think once we move past of these baby/ toddler years it will be somewhat less hectic. I realize it will prob jut be a different kind of hectic. But juggling soccer practice, dinner & homework seems easier to me. I guess because at least then you can eat your meal while its hot, go to the bathroom when you need to and maybe even read or do something YOU'D like go do during their soccer practice or while they play outside etc. Right now it's constant supervision, tending to & zero existence of an individual person other than "mom."
Which is OK! I signed up for it, I'm just asking if you gain some freedom once they become a little more independent? Thanks!

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Sarah - posted on 07/10/2013

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Yes and no. You do gain a bit of your freedom, but then it comes with trying to figure out how you are going to get this one to point A the same time this other one needs to be at point B then point A needs to be picked up 15 mins earlier then point B but it takes you 30 mins to get from point A to B.....plus this all needs to be done between the hours of 5-8 pm.....so that also means you have to figure out how and what you are going to eat. It just becomes different and stays just as busy. Instead of whining you have mouthing off and the answer to everything is "nothing' or "I don't know"....so now you have to do more digging and really getting to know their friends. So "play dates" don't really end. They just become more expensive as they tend to eat a "snack" which is really 3 meals for us "normal" people. ;) Then comes the boyfriend/girlfriend and then you are back to supervising only in a different way.

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