Yesterday, we had to get groceries.
Yesterday I had to bring all the children with me. ALL 4!
I got a lot of, “your hands are full.” And I said, yes I do in such away that expressed pride for my 4 beauties and stress caused by their counter monstrous side!
Even through the constant nagging of my first to put stuff in the cart, the whining from my second to help put stuff in the cart, the constant touching of things and standing in the cart of the third, and the whining moments of the tired babe…I smiled and said thank you.
I also apologized. I apologized when we had to squeeze through two people or passed by a shopper. I apologized because we are loud. I apologize because we take a lot of space.
So what do you do when you take all the kids shopping?
1. You prepare. you prepare to take 2 hours instead of one hour.
2. You bring water. You’re gonna need a drink when you are done. By the time you’ve talked the kids out of screaming the whole time, constant reminding to sit down, constant reminding to not touch, and so forth your going to have a case of dry mouth.
3. Bring a list of what you need. With all the craziness to keep the kids semi in order, you aren’t going to have a brain left to remember what items you needed.
4. Bring a pen. you’ll need it to cross off items as you go, because those kids are going to need a lot of your attention. You aren’t going to remember what items you grabbed or forgot 2 aisles over.
5. Smile and say thank you. Even though they are driving you crazy, others around you they see what you can’t. they see the fun the kids are having. they see the love you are giving through the small reminders. Plus, Momma, do we get enough compliments? Just take em, and say thank you, because we are doing a good job.
6. Breathe. It seems crazy today, and probably yesterday, But it doesn’t’ last long. They grow fast!! So, just breathe and try to enjoy them, try to enjoy the craziness.
When we got home, they helped put away groceries, and i let them make their own sandwiches. These simple tasks brought them great joy, and taught them life skills. Shortly after that it was nap time. Soooo quiet it became…and i got some me time. The crazy doesn’t last long. just moments. Cherish the moments.