When I go out and take just 3 of the 6 ...it's chaos....When I go run errands and take 6 of the 6 it's just pure mayhem! It sometimes is good....I have extra hands to push buggies...but sometimes the small ones ONLY want ME to push them and that doesn't work because there is only 1 of me.
Anywho....I'll have Cole strapped to my body....Reid in buggy BUT IF I am lucky I can find those cool double seater buggies and boom...Miss Lily can ride.
A walking 4 yr old is not my idea of fun in a store when I've got things to do and get out!
There is usually screaming crying and begging (mainly me) while at the store. I feel more stressed running a quick errand. My goal is to get IN AN OUT w/o incident!
The other day I had just 3 of them....and I see a family walking and they had 4 kids. 2 were walking...1 was riding inside the buggy and one was riding in the kid part. They were probably 4 and under. AND WALKING LIKE SWEET ANGELS.
You know the kind.....they look all shy and quiet. Not just 1 of them but ALL of them.
I watched for a bit...I
stalked might have followed for a bit. NOT ONE OF THEM ACTED UP. They just looked at things and quietly followed their mommy.
I wanted to go up to her and ask...."how do you do it?"
And this isn't the first time I've seen something like this.....
Which makes me feel so inadequate as a mommy
I mean what possibly can she do any different than I try to do?
I try to smile and be kind to my kids....I tell them the rules of the store BEFORE we go. I explain to them what we are doing and why and what I expect of them in the store. How we don't whine and fight or scream. How other ppl are there and we need to use our good manners
As we drive to places I chant "What are we gonna be on?" they respond "BEST BEHAVIOR"
Maybe I'm doing something wrong.
Next thing I know...the kids are fighting...screaming...begging....and I'm sweating just willing things to just jump in my buggy and be done with it. It's always my luck that the check out lines are terribly long and yet we start the mess all over again
Target is my saving grace.....the double buggies rock....and the icee's save me....I can get about 40 mins out of a Target trip before meltdown begins.
Cole now is the problem. When I wear him he swings backwards to try and grab everything. Then he will lean forward to "try" to push the buggy too. (not helpful)
If he is near a shelf he will try to grab anything on it.
If I have a list...? He grabs it with his hand and eats it..
I look like an octopus fighting the enemy. I'm sure it's comical, but I'm not the one laughing
So back to this momma....
How does she do it?
I want to be that mommy
I swear next time I see this ....I'm sucking up my pride and asking what she does to make her children look like angels.
Do you have angel? Share your secret!