This summer a major corner has been turned for me. After five long years, my children are somewhat manageable in public. Samantha listens and behaves herself, Ella is pretty good, and Penny. Well, two out of three is somewhat manageable.
This is huge for me because it means I can go places with all three of them and not stay confined to the house all the time. We can go to small parks, the grocery store, even Target and the mall to run errands and get a few things done. Plus, we all enjoy a little outing.
Even family time is becoming, dare I say it, fun. I’m no longer stressed out trying to manage all the sippy cups, snacks, diapers, and potty breaks. Samantha and Ella can do things now and be a little independent while doing them.
Case in point, we went to the beach for an extended family barbeque Sunday, and we had fun! The girls love the ocean. Samantha even tried boogey boarding for the first time in the surf. They played in the waves, dug holes in the sand, and ran around with the other kids. While Sean and I had to watch them, and obviously stay close while they were in the water, we didn’t have to be on top of them the whole day. We actually got to sit down and relax for a little while.
The girls ate their food relatively nicely without spilling all over. We even did s’mores for the first time over the little fire pits at the beach. Sammy and Ella toasted their own marshmallows. Sammy was especially proud of herself for her culinary skills.
I feel like I’m on the cusp of the golden age of parenting. That window when the kids are independent and fun but haven’t learned to talk back yet. I think we’re all more than ready for a few beach days around here.
When did your kids start to get easier to manage? What age have you liked the best so far? What age would you never do again?