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Date: 4/14/12 10:02 PM

...when I told my daughter that I would keep my grandsons ages 2 and 6 for her while she was in the hospital having baby son #3?

I love my grandsons dearly, but forgot how hard it is to have 2 small ones in the house 24/7 for days. I am totally exhausted and my sewing room turned play room is totally trashed! Hopefully they release her from the hospital tomorrow, Im pooped!

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Date: 4/14/12 10:36 PM

Make a note to yourself

And, congratulations!

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Date: 4/14/12 10:45 PM

That is what I think every summer when school lets out and we get DGS for the next six weeks. He is sweet but they do take lots of energy and time. I think the worst is that we have to get up early so DD can drop him off after getting used to sleeping in the rest of the year.

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Date: 4/14/12 11:15 PM

Congratulations. They do have a lot of energy. Just remember, you are giving them life long memories. Three boys? Fun stuff.

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Date: 4/15/12 3:23 AM

Bless you for doing it! It only usually 2-4 days in the hospital.

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Date: 4/15/12 3:28 AM

My father lived near us for the last eleven years of his life, and for the nine years previous to those he came to stay with us twice a year.

My kids are really good, and easy to live with, but he used to look at them and say, "It's a good thing that young people have the children!"

The moms and dads who live with them all the time don't really notice how much energy they take to raise.

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Date: 4/15/12 8:06 AM

Funny. Boy noise as I think of it. Congratulations with number 3. Hold him while ie is small and cannot run

Sounds like Grandma could use a long nap herself

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Date: 4/15/12 10:31 AM

At 2 and 6, the first thing I would do is lay ground rules. My kids didn't trash rooms(even their own) or take over. We had a routine and expectations, expecially when visiting other people's homes. Then again, I was raised in a different generation, and raised my sons with those beliefs.

One Christmas, my Sister's children brought their young ones(her Grandchildren) to our home for dinner. I had 3 under the age of 6 in this house. As things got more comfortable, the parents became more lax in watching their children. At one point they were causing a danger to others in the house(running, climbing, venturing into rooms they had no business being in). I got hold to the parents and made it clear that if they couldn't keep the children in their sight and under control, they were welcome to leave...My house, my rules. No one left and the day was much calmer. Good Luck GrandmaNewt

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Date: 4/15/12 10:59 AM

After my stepfather died last fall, my mom decided that she wanted to host my two -- ages 9 and 12 -- for a weekend. She had been taking care of her ailing husband for quite some time, and had not been able to spend much time with her grandchildren in over a year.

Now, I am told that my children are quite well-behaved (especially at other people's houses ) by the standards of the day, and they are basically self-sufficient in the necessities at this point. Also, because we don't have a TV/DVD, anywhere there is a TV you can be assured that they will sit quietly in front of it for hours if you let them.

Still, after I arrived on Sunday afternoon to pick them up, my mom went straight to bed.

I know it would exhaust me now to take care of a 2 yr. old and a 6 yr. old for an afternoon, much less 24/7. You get out of the habit fast. (And each age has its peculiar energy-drains: Remember when they first start talking and you can't shut them up? You finally get used to that, and then eventually they start needing you to actually respond to what they say, rather than just mumbling, 'uh-huh,' and the exhaustion sets in all over again!)

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Date: 4/15/12 10:59 AM

Seconding JTink's comments...

Recently I got a thank you note from my 30-something nephew and among the comments it contained was how he always enjoyed coming to our house for visits. Call me surprised, but we always insisted that kids in the house behave appropriately & I recal DH having to settle this nephew down more than once. Who knew that meant anything important to him when he was a youngster. Apparently it did...

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