I live in a madhouse run by a tiny army that I made myself. Well of course my husband helped.
That is just a way to describe the daily life when you have two young kids. What made things worse was that my brother went on his anniversary vacation a few weeks ago and I was the one to watch his two kids. A pre pre-teen boy, a boy the same age as my daughter, then my two. So there were four kids in my house. Luckily we could easily turn the play room into the guest room. So it was easy to have them stay over.
However, it made for a very long weekend. And a very messy house.
Luckily for me, 3 of them are of an age that I could have them clean up themselves. Which was done quite frequently because I am not a fan of a messy house.
But when you think about it, yes adults run the house. However, the kids really call the shots.
Now before you sit there and huff or puff or blow your screen away. Think about it from a parental view.
When you want to do something like going out or going away. You think about how it will affect the kid, especially if you’re not taking them with you. You think about who will watch them. Who will have their best interest at heart. When you’re in the grocery store, you think about the groceries that they need. The clothes they need. The shoes that they need. You think about what they will or will not eat. You think about what they need. You make renovations to your home to ensure that they remain safe like cupboard locks or toilet locks. Many baby proofing things. You purchase the perfect essential car seats. You make sure they have all of their school supplies. You rearrange your schedule to ensure that they get to and from school, that you attend special events like plays or field days.
When you have a kid. Your life becomes that kid. It doesn’t even matter how old they are. My mom still worries about all of her kids and her oldest is 30 something.
So although it is your house and you pay the bills. The kids run the place…. The tiny little army that you created. Just don’t let them know that.