Thursday, November 1, 2012
Even when I had just two kids, I didn't mind spending more of this holiday parading the children around to show off their cute outfits. We hit up the 3 homes of the grandparents, and rang the doorbell of just a few houses to give Brock the true "Trick or Treat" experience. He loved it. I, on the other hand, not real interested. I would have contemplated attending the awesome Halloween party with just 2 kids. It would have been way more work than it was worth, but I would have attempted it. You see, with 2 kids, you can remain in denial that they have completely taken over your life. If one is acting up, a parent just holds them, walks with them outside, feeds them, while the other parent can still chat it up with friends. Or eat dinner. And again, most people can tolerate two children, they are not as widely accepted as one child, but the odds are still in your favor.
It's the third child. That 3rd kid is the whopper. Life has undeniably changed, and will never, ever, EVER be the same. Now, your options are severely limited. For example, let's say you take them all out to this party, 2 start acting up, what do you do with the 3rd? Yup, you rely on someone else to help them. Suddenly, you are a burden to people. Social events require a sitter. Or family member presence. Every time. And that sitter? They need advanced notice. Dumping off 3 kids is a bit daunting and rude. They maybe even need support. Only experienced sitters can watch 3 children under the age of 4 alone.