Friday, July 28, 2006


I am trying every trick I can think of to get the kiddos to channel their energy to anything besides whining and today when they were getting rowdy and starting to roughhouse with one another, we substituted stuffed animals.

It worked great. No crying. No hurt feelings. No hurt toddlers.


P.S. We spent an hour at the playground this morning, bully-free.


Renee said...

That's too funny! They look like they were having a great time. I'm finding it to be quite a challenge when the boys need to exert some energy, and it's just to hot to take them all out.

Ang said...

I found your blog through good old bloggisphere (is that how you spell that????). I have been so touched with your story. The short version of my story is that I knew before having children what happened to you (if not worse) would definately happen to me if I bore children, so we decided instead of having one or 2 and adopting one or 2, we'd Adopt all of our kids. Your kids are amazing; the bond between twins, trips, etc. is, well the word I can think of is WOW. I was in tears with your little Ryland over Parker's lovie. Kate is my kinda gal..... Our little Thomas is so sweet and yet so stuborn at the same time.

Jen3 @ Amazing Trips said...

What cracks me up about this story is that I am SO relieved I'm not alone with the whining and bickering. For some odd reason, it looked to me like your children NEVER whined of bickered. Whew...!!!

(To Ang that posted above - if she is reading this: I have to interject that I never considered our triplets to be the "worse thing" that could happen. I guess it has a lot to do with perspective. Our children are the greatest blessing we have ever received and we are lucky to have them. I'm not trying to be argumentative. If it comes across that way - my apologies. But, I hear similar comments quite frequently - and they really irk me.)

kim said...

ah Jen, the stuffed animals are an inspiration. have to try that one.

I was so longing for my 15 month old to finally start playing with my 3.5 year old.

what was I thinking? all day long they "play"

and I wouldn't trade it most of the time!

JenMom said...

Jen- I am thinking Ang was talking about my cardiac complications being the worse case scenario for her.
I definitely know what you mean about the negative triplet commnts irking you, but I am thinking/hoping that's not what Ang meant.

Jen3 @ Amazing Trips said...

You are exactly right. I saw a post on Ang's blog today and she was most definitely referring to her heart condition. The decision(s) that she has made regarding her family are incredibly admirable.

Thanks for setting me straight!

Alison said...

I must try the stuffed animal idea here with Sam!

Ang said...

OOPPPPPSSSSS - I guess I should have clarified....... when I was saying what happened to Jen would have hapened to me (if not worse) I was meaning my health..... I was NOT talking about having triplets. My dream was always to have a set of twins and a troup of quads...... 3 of each.... I am so amazed by all of you moms of multiples. Sorry for the confusion and please know that if I offended anyone by not clarifying what I meant I am truely sorry.