5 Things to Help Manage Kids on Activities

5 Things to Help Manage Kids on Activities


One of the questions that I am often asked is “How do you work when you go somewhere ( museum, etc) with ALL your kids without your husband?” Today I want to post a more complete answer for all of you. These are 5 things that have helped me over the years to manage the kids well when we go out:

1. Planning and common sense.
I said a million times, I plan out everything I possibly can, including free time, but if I am having a killer busy day at work, there is zero reason to go party at that very moment. Entertainment can wait a day or two, don’t you think? Common sense.

2. Plan in advance.
I plan in advance when and what we are doing, so I can schedule and take care of work in accordingly prior to leaving. While, yes, I am always reachable, when I am with kids, I want to be PRESENT and BE with them 100%.
I will know if there is something urgent. Everything else is planned for a different time.

3. Easier in Numbers.
When ALL children go together, it’s infinitely easier than having just small kids with me. A 15 year old won’t throw a tantrum, 7 year old can engage a 5 year old in something fun, and a 3 year old is much more likely to respond to a 5 year old than to an adult. Small age gaps are helpful. I highly recommend understanding Montessori principles of communication - it’s a very helpful skill.

4. Know your kids’ strengths and when some may have other interests at the time.
I get an impression that many envision me as this wild woman ALWAYS surrounded by 7 unmanageable kids.
“7 unmanageable kids” are covered by a point 3. As far as other things - do you remember yourself at 15? 13? 10-11? Did you feel like ALWAYS hanging out with your mom at that age? My kids are no different.

Also, between school, extra-curriculum activities and their personal lives I am often left with just Elisey to hang out with.

Kids are “yours” only for the first few years of life, which is why I always repeat: cherish the time. It flies by way to quickly.

5. Living in the city saves a lot of time.
City infrastructure is essential for me. With so many things being close by in the city and having a variety of things to choose, it really helps when planning activities to do together with the kids that will be engaging and easy to manage as well.
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Does this give you some more clarity? What else can I answer here?

PS: Elisey shorts + high socks look is to die for, right?


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