How to survive an entire day babysitting

Most of the time it is nice to spend time with the kids in the family but taking care of these three for a whole day is a challenge – a challenge that demands three adults. When I came upstairs this morning I could smell trouble when I opened the door…

…and yes, the command from the other two was: You need to clean this one now. No way. A little sweet-talking and he agreed to wake up his mother.

Still early morning before daylight he could wave goodbye to his parents…

I bet the parents were happy to begin the three hour drive to Trondheim and IKEA leaving us with the three musketeers.

What to do? Shopping? With the fresh memory of the horror of shopping with girls we left the girl at home and took the boys shopping…

How could we to know that he had learned the tricks from his big sister? At least he wasn`t screaming his heart out:)

Then how about drawing? Yes, they were happily drawing for a moment until they started to fight for the same pencil…

We did have some success making Christmas cards. If I give myself permission to forget about the mess they made…

At least dinner they were all happy about the menu for dinner…

So how do you survive an entire day babysitting? Well being three adults with three children is a good start. Let them be in charge makes it all a lot easier. Keep them fed and busy is a must. And…we did survive:)

When it is time to add December 3 to my album it will be one story that will be standing out from all the stories of today – the one boy who cried for an hour after his mum and dad left. Followed by eight hours of pure happiness before he once again cried his heart out and fell asleep.

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8 Responses to How to survive an entire day babysitting

  1. Suzanne says:

    Hi, Thank you for stopping by my blog for December Daily.
    The kids will appreciate the time and effort making the cards I am sure, but like yourself the mess sometimes makes it very stressful.
    Happy December.

  2. CUTE kids:) Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to visiting yours again.

  3. Oh bless, I bet you were all worn out by the end of the day, the adults I mean not the children.
    Beautiful photos, especially of the little one at the window

    I see what you mean about getting funny images from trying to work out my personality from my Christmas cards, you’ll have to keep checking back & seeing if you can get a clearer picture through my other posts ;-D

  4. Katie Scott says:

    Your photos are amazing & I love the way you incorporated the kid squabbles into your story. We had 18 family members over yesterday including 5 children who got into several spats and I was thinking about how I could incorporate that into the story without making it sound negative – you hit the perfect note. Love it.

  5. Sharon W. says:

    I don’t know if I could keep up with THREE! LoL One was enough for me and he’s in college now. All the trouble they cause is forgotten when they do something cute though.

  6. NancyLee says:

    Haha! Your story brought me some good memories. I managed to handle terrible 2s at the time because the kids were dear to me. I think that’s what I need to put some spark in my December this year. Thank you for the encouragement on your visit. I am looking forward to seeing more of your stories…..

  7. Heather says:

    I loved your journaling! I think it is neat that you had them make Christmas Cards.

  8. Thanks for sharing from the heart. Sure seems like you had your hands full for the day! Your photos look so crisp, what kind of camera do you use?

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