I have a 12 yr old, then a 4 yr old and 20 month old. And last one due in April. I am home with the 4 and 1 yr old most of the time. It is chaos and mayhem. The youngest is so incredibly spirited (some special needs here, but mostly just a handful to manage). My 4 yr old is delightful but gets Very frustrated with the lack of things we can do with the toddler.
The 20 month old is just starting to get some attention span and I want to capitalize on it. I just have no idea how to control the chaos. We wake up, we have a routine, but they are just immediately running, jumping, dumping, climbing, throwing, wrestling, screaming. When it is warm we spend days outside. But I had these visions of them in the Learning Tower helping me cook breakfast, and they are throwing eggs at each other, dumping flour, hitting each other with spoons. (All girls, btw, lol). They are never really malicious, just busy and not into nice fine motor activities, lol.
Any ideas on how to to put together our day so I feels less insane? Or is this normal? My 12 yr old was a calm and collected child , #2 was that way until #3 came. I am petrified for #4!! :) I feel like I do a poor job directing them into a good activity because I am so busy controlling the crazy and cleaning it up. But if I can get them DOING something there will be less crazy. I think.
Ideas? Wisdom? I had this vision of a houseful of violin playing home schooled kids going out to tend the garden with me, and I have kids that pull the onions and beat each other with them. :)