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Old 06-23-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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Today was the start of swimming classes and I had to bring the five with me to the pond.

I was keeping an eye on all of them and trying to keep an eye on whoever was doing their lesson.

My poor friend was talking to me and she must have realized I wasn't really into the conversation because I couldn't follow what she was saying because I was busy scanning.

What activities does your family participate in?

How do you handle bringing them to activities when you all have to go or where more than one have to go?

Are there activities you don't do as a group?

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Old 06-24-2014, 09:30 PM   #2
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If I was going to be there "a while" I'd grab the port crib to put baby and toddler in. Any child 3and up on my home can mind and not wander. I'd bring a picnic blanket with. They can play on the blanket or in an area I deem fine but no running off or in an area I said was off limits.
Each big kid can pack a small bag or back pack of things to play with and/or I grab stuff lake appropriate.

The hardest thing is when lots of kids want to wander. Practice at home. Set up the ports crib and blanket. Start with 15 minutes. Then 20. Then 30.
That way on pond day everyone knows! Also it can be good to have a toy bag or treat that they ONLY get on the blanket. It can buy you time.
If your kids know where they are to be and you know they are there then u can feel free to watch the swim kids and talk
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If I was going to be there "a while" I'd grab the port crib to put baby and toddler in. Any child 3and up on my home can mind and not wander. I'd bring a picnic blanket with. They can play on the blanket or in an area I deem fine but no running off or in an area I said was off limits.
Each big kid can pack a small bag or back pack of things to play with and/or I grab stuff lake appropriate.

The hardest thing is when lots of kids want to wander. Practice at home. Set up the ports crib and blanket. Start with 15 minutes. Then 20. Then 30.
That way on pond day everyone knows! Also it can be good to have a toy bag or treat that they ONLY get on the blanket. It can buy you time.
If your kids know where they are to be and you know they are there then u can feel free to watch the swim kids and talk

So after day one I did change my strategy a bit. Luckily, I have older ones that are helpful. I have two teens and 10, 4, 2.

I put one chair and one towel down and that was where the youngest two sat when they were out of the water. I also moved to the side and not the center of the beach. This cut down on the number of bigger kids coming over to play with the youngest two's beach toys. This was my main concern day one since there were times I had to make sure my kids were not left without toys.

The oldest two came out to watch when it was my turn to make sure the four year old was participating in class.

I also bought "bribery" snacks. Basically, they could have a juice box (don't usually buy them) while the eldest swam in their class. This was when they youngest were getting antsy to go home.

So I did get to chat with my neighbor for a bit. Lol.

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I have a newly 8 year old, an almost 4 year old come August (highly attached to me) and a 3.5 month old who is EBF. I do try and avoid restaurants sometimes as the kids get bored. I'm 27 so I usually get "are they all yours?"when we're out n about. The best activities are outdoor activities for us. The kids can run around while I hold the baby. My oldest has adhd and is an extremely loud active personality so doing stuff outside in an open space is huge!

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Re: Activities with many children or multiples

Sometimes I will take my children somewhere to wear them out a little first like the park if I'm going somewhere that I want them to be calmer. For my 8 and 6 year old I often bribe/incentive/reward their good behavior with a treat if they are good. For my 2 year old I try to have an activity for her, like you do with beach toys.

We mostly do kid friendly activities like doing restaurants on kid nights, in our area Applebees has a kid night where they have crafts, and wii and $1.99 kids meals.

Right now we are doing lots of lunch in the park through a free USDA program.

I also started a facebook group in my area for moms to plan kid get togethers and share fun things we did with our kids.

On one hand it is hard bringing kids places, but I do find overtime and with practice my kids behavior gets better. My 2 year old sat on the floor through a bug presentation at a nursing home, there were like 8 kids and a bunch of seniors, my daughter just copied the other kids. But that depends on the child no way my twins would have behaved that well.
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