Last Friday we kicked off the Outnumbered Parents series, where real parents answer questions about what it’s like to have more than two kids. First up was Morgan, who shared her experiences having three young girls. This week I’m excited to introduce Jen.
Jen is the mastermind behind the blog Jenerally Informed, PR Specialist, and author of the book Rebekah Grace The Practically Perfect Princess. She is also a mother to not three, but four children between the ages of 2 and 14. I was so excited to get her responses, because she’s going through all the phases right now, and always seems to have a positive outlook. In her own words: They keep me insanely busy, but happy.”
Was it easier to transition from one child to two or two children to three? What about after that?
Last Friday we kicked off the Outnumbered Parents series, where real parents answer questions about what it’s like to have more than two kids. I think my first and third were a difficult transition. With one, this is your first time doing this parenting thing and with three, you are outnumbered. I had three under the age of six at one point and getting them out of the house was such a challenge! Four was easy. Probably because I had older children who could help, but I have no plans to see if the same would be true for baby #5.
Were you frightened at all by the prospect of having three/four children?
Not really frightened, but sometimes I will realize just how big a family we have when we are all together and fill a room with people and voices!
What did you do to prepare your older children for babies 3 and 4? Did any of your children act out after your third and fourth children were born?
How long did it take for your family to adjust to the change?
Is there any advice you’d like to give parents who are outnumbered by their children?
I promise it all goes by so fast. It seemed like yesterday my firstborn was just a toddler and then I blinked and we are 4 years away from her moving on for college. Each stage has its own particular challenges and parenting is such hard work. What you are doing is worth it and someday when the pitter patter of little feet and the loud music of a teenager are a distant memory you will miss it, but be so grateful for the years you had to parent them as they grew.
Would you ever consider having four children?
How big is the biggest family you know?