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I took care of 4 kids on Monday. They were being kids, right? Two 6 year old boys, one 8 year old boy, and one 4th grade girl. One of the 6 year old's was mine.
They get so hyper! They're so loud! Why can't kids that age just sit down and read a book or something? All day. They're not bad kids, they're just kids playing with kids and doing the kid thing.
My cousin's wife recently had a Kindergarten sleepover with more than 10 little girls. I told her she was completely insane. :)
How many can you handle and for how long until you start twitching?
See, when it's just two of them together I don't think it's too bad. Well, sometimes. But more than that, yeah.
Bathroom? Ha! That's less than a minute. :)
I have a 5yo girl. She is a handful, but at least she's not a brat :) Usually I can only handle one other child, maybe two if needed. I was raised 1 of 9. I call my adopted mom a nutjob sometimes. I don't know how my parents did it!
I don't know how they did it either. Wow!
My Grandma had 2 boys, 5 girls (1 adopted), and a bunch of foster kids in and out of a little 3 bedroom house.
I can do two.. they entertain each other. But when you get more than that, there's fighting!!
I'm in an interesting spot because I have a 4mo son... and two stepkids, 8yo and 11yo, whom I love dearly. During the summer, we've had them every other week, and sometimes it feels like I live in two worlds.
One world is calm and quiet, except when my wee one gets fussy (though he really is such a well-tempered little guy!) and the other is completely hectic! Of course, the are both wonderful... but in entirely different ways.
When I'm without the stepkids, I get SO MUCH writing done! I have bags of time to network over FB and Twitter, and I am able to keep up on *almost* all the housework. With the kids, however, I don't get to write as much, but I do get to do more fun crafts and take some great photos, and I have to delegate housework. With extra noise in the house, the baby tends to get a little crankier and the kids end up watching over him too! It can be MANIC!
However, I spent 4 years teaching at a theatre summer camp... 80 kids, ages 6-16, for two weeks straight. Yeah, it can be manic at home... but I've dealt with worse.
I find the trick is to always be one step ahead. Keep a pocketful of activities, games or chores ready for whenever you start to lose control. Kids will snap back into shape when they're given a project with clear rules and guidelines. Still, there's nothing you can do to keep from pulling you hair out sometimes :P