September 28, 2009 by Shannon
I….am…..exhausted. For two reasons.
- I worked out this weekend. It wasn’t a really difficult workout — just a hike with some hills and a lot of downhills — but still. I’m sore.
- I spent several hours wrangling a group of preschoolers.
And by group of preschoolers, I really mean Kellan and his three-year old twin cousins. So we’re certainly not talking about a classroom of kids, but wowee. It felt like it at times.
The boys were all great, and very well behaved. And I know Kellan was beyond excited to spend a bunch of time playing and exploring with his cousins. But really, how do preschool teachers do this kind of thing?
The logistics of transporting three small kids was tough to begin with. I had to borrow my mom’s SUV so I could get all three carseats in. (An SUV without the LATCH system, which resulted in a 30 minute installation process. Phew.)
Forget trying to know where each of them is on the playground at any given moment. The best I could do was make sure each of them ran by at an interval of 60 to 90 seconds.
We also explored a local nature center, and the boys had a total blast looking at the fish, turtles and a resident salamander. At one point, it looked as if one of the twins was going to stage a sit-in protest. He refused to unhand a stuffed salmon from the learning area, but somehow I distracted him. I have no idea how I averted this potential disaster.
What did I learn from our afternoon together? Several things. Have a cooler of snacks. Have those snacks in small baggies, so each kid gets his own. Have a small army of sippy cups on hand. Count your blessings if you can get them to hold hands everywhere you go.
Seriously. How do preschool teachers do this everyday? And parents of multiples? And parents with more than one kid under the age of four?