Sunday, September 23, 2007

Please do not feed my kids candy as a soccer snack!

We made some fun discoveries on Saturday after the soccer games were over:

  1. Giving the kids a bag of Skittles as the 'after game' snack is a recipe for disaster in my house when we have to come home and put the tired grumpy toddler down for a nap immediately afterward and then try to keep 2 kids on sugar highs quiet for a couple of hours. Believe me, I wasn't the one who brought snack that day - any kind of candy wouldn't be my first (or second, or third...) choice!

  2. Taking said kids to the mall once baby sister wakes up (after a much too short nap) is a good way to run off all of that extra energy, especially if the mall has a play area where they can run, yell, jump, etc. to their hearts' content.

  3. Going down the slides in the play area at the mall is much more fun with soccer shorts on. The nylon makes you slide much faster so you zoom right down every time.

  4. You need to make absolutely sure there are no kids standing at the bottom of the slide before you slide down while wearing nylon soccer shorts because you come down faster than they are expecting and don't always have time to get out of the way.

  5. It's ok for babies and toddlers to cut in line at the slides because they don't understand yet about taking turns. This was an important lesson for Hannah to learn and involved a lot of tears on Becca's part when Hannah wouldn't let her squeeze through to the front of the line to slide down.

  6. Taking 3 kids to the mall by yourself doesn't involve any kind of relaxation for mom, especially when the only one of them in diapers decides to pee a ton, making it necessary to pull the other 2 out of the play area, put shoes on and head with you to a nearby (yet still so far!) store bathroom to change the full, droopy diaper. Then, only 5 minutes after you get everyone back into the play area with shoes off and they are off and running, she decides to poop in the previously clean, dry diaper that you just put on her.

  7. There are only so many times you can take the kids into a toy store without buying them anything before, "we'll put that on your birthday/Christmas list" doesn't cut it any more.

  8. Pizza makes for a great supper for a tired out mom and 3 hungry kids!

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8 wonderful people said...:

~Amber~ said...

You had a busy day!!

MomOf3 said...

Yep, malls are places for adventure now and not the leisure activity they were before kids! Sounds like you had fun!

Momma Bean said...

Phew! Just reading that made me tired!! Pizza is our emergency meal when I just can't bring myself to cook after a long day. Whoever invented pizza was a genius!

Karen (Pediascribe) said...

Yeah, candy is about the worst snack you can pick for that situation! My goodness, these kids were just active and running, they need something more wholesome than that.
I don't believe in the "sugar-high" phenomenon, but nutritionally those kids needed something better. Maybe you should have some good snacks on hand, let them just have one small candy, and then give them YOUR snacks in the car.

Summer said...

Ah yes, I wonder every time I go to the mall play area, why I decided to do so.

Jean said...

Your a brave soul to go alone to the mall with 3 kids. I just wont do it.

crazy working mom said...

Gosh, I've been there and done 'bout a Mountain Dew to wash it all down?! Grrr...

Paul*HolleeAnn*Jordan said...

enjoy these trips to the mall preteen makes them an entirely new adventure. aaahhh the days of the slide are gone, and its all about a new 'slide'...of the credit card!! yikes! but it's still a lot of fun for me.

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