yes yes yes!!!
it is so hard............although it DOES get better when they are older, sort of..........I keep having another baby and so the progress gets outshadowed by the sheer number of folks who are here all day!
Homeschoolers and moms of kids who are actually HOME all day, your house just cant look like the peoples homes where everyone is gone all day! People live in your home, and it shows! Its ok. Even though it sucks. I try so hard to not be mean and crabby about it all.........
MY BAD "habit" is, because we have a big baby gate in front of our kitchen, i use the kitchen as a safe zone to dump EVERYTHING into so our toddler doesnt touch/wreck it. It is a small kitchen and this backfires really quickly.
Here is what happens:
We eat breakfast, 5 or 6 people depending if DH eats with us and or if i am babysitting (i sometimes watch a little 4 y/o girl too). Ok, so to clear the table, i put everthing in the sink.
time for "school", doing stuff at the table, well 8y/o might do something civilized and non-filthy like paperwork but to keep toddler happy he wants glue and paint and then 5 y/o is "all done" and goes and takes out cars so baby throws his tray down and glue is all over the wall and so there goes dining room and i chase them all away to watch a show so i can clean up the whole table mess by myself. \
Time for "we're starving we want a snack" so all the paperwork and gluey stuff and wet pictures go into the kitchen
all over the floor and tiny counter space and chest freezer, so toddler doesnt get into any of it..and then i make a snack,,,,,,,so i might give that to them in front of the TV but then we have to vacuum
clean up of snack involves vacuuming, more little cups etc in the kitchen
try to go outside or something before LUNCH............
LUNCH in which i cook some big sand which, soup, fruit yadda yadda beg older kids to take care of toddler so i can cook, they take out a zillion toys for him, all he does is hang on the gate and cry.........serve and eat the lunch........clean up the lunch which means you guessed it pile more s**t into the already full sink (it is 11 am) and wipe down the table.
try to play something non messy with them until naptime.
nap for toddler. What should I do? clean the whole kitchen until he wakes up? Do some more schooly stuff with older kids? Lay down b/cause i am 41 weeks pregnant and am gonna keel over? Take a bath???
None of these is ever the "right" choice, if i spend the whole nap on the kitchen i am so horrifyingly exhausted that i am quite mean from 2-7 pm which is when Dada comes home. If I rest, then the filth is still there, you cant even see the floor from all the pictures and crafts and i dont make any kind of good dinner cause there are no dishes or pots and we order pizza. If i do school stuff there is a new mess to put--?? in the kitchen--when tot wakes up.......and there is still a ruined kitchen!!
then of course they want a snack and the only thing left that doesnt take dishes is popcorn.so theres more vacuuming...........
so uhhh dinner anyone? why cant the vegetable man deliver? Why cant the grilled cheese man deliver? What about some watermelon and cereal or soymilk? Why is it only pizza?
this is a totally true account of our days! the big kids vacuum and clear the table but it is still verrrrrrry busy and crazy! I have tried papper plates and charts and eating outside but the real soultion is to leave in the morning and stay gone!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope this brought a smile to you all and noone is gonna call CPS on me or anything!
there have been too many days where we had an amazing educational breakthrough, loving day and MIL stops in and al she sees is the "mess" and not the love
There have been too mnay days where the house is "clean" and i was SO mean and snippy the kids looked like their hearts would break.