Three of my kids are working now.
Until about 4 years ago I couldn't go anywhere without taking all of my kids along. I had 5 kids at the time, and until Luke turned 12 if I had to go somewhere I took all of them, except for the rare time I hired a babysitter. Babysitters who are comfortable watching 5 small kids are not plentiful.
When Luke turned 12 I let him start staying home by himself for small periods of time. Eventually I let some of the the others stay with him.
Now he can watch all of them if I need him to and so can Josh and Caroline. Somehow in 4 short years I have 3 babysitters who also all have part-time jobs. Luke and Josh bag at the commissary, referee soccer games and do occasional pet sitting. Caroline does pet sitting too.
It seems like yesterday that I packed a few toddlers, a baby and some elementary aged kids in my (large) vehicle and dragged them everywhere....commissary, medical appointments, dentist. One time when I had 3 very young children and I was getting my haircut (a brief 30 minute appointment) the hairstylist asked how old my kids were. When I answered, he remarked that I probably didn't have much time to relax. I said, this is my time to relax....30 minutes at the hair salon!!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven--
In case you're wondering we've had a few Suburbans, mini-vans, an 8 passenger Mercedes van and now we have a 12 passenger van so we can take some of the kids' friends with us.
Now, I have to make a special effort to have them all with me!! I love it when we can all go somewhere fun together like "Park Day" with our homeschool group.
Josh's first day on the job "bagging" at the commissary.
|Luke (right) is training Josh to "bag".|
|"Mr. A." The best boss!!|
Do you get time to yourself? How? When?