While I would hate to tar every mum of three with my dirty ole’ brush – but here’s five ways to spot one! (a mum of three that is, not an old brush).
1. SHOCKING DRESS SENSE
We’re so busy making sure our offspring are dressed appropriately – that we often neglect our own appearance, because quite frankly we couldn’t give a shit how we look.
In fact it’s a win if we manage to strap on a bra, comb our hair, and brush our teeth to get rid of our morning coffee breath.
I often just smash back a piece of sugar-free gum as I dash out the door!
2. EARLY INDEPENDENCE
As we battle to get scooters, shoes, strollers,
wine water, snacks, change of clothes, sanity, out of the car, we often get our kids to try do more things for themselves.
While this has resulted in pants being put on backwards, a day when my daughter went to kindy without knickers on, and water puddles on the kitchen floor from trying to pour their own drink – sometimes they get it right!
In saying that, maybe it’s a bit much to expect my 1.5-year-old to “find your blue pj’s, the ones with the three fish on them, and put them on them on please”.
3. VERY RELAXED PARENTING
Because we have more kids than adults in our family, every outing is a shit fight, and we just have to accept that – or go more insane than we already are.
There will be crying, kids wanting to wee 30 seconds after you pull out of the garage and “a traffic jam, when you’re already late” (thanks Alanis).
But because we’ve accepted the fact that we have very little control over our developing
devil children, we just say MEH and take it as it comes.
This includes letting them swim in clothes, run around in the nick, and eat bark chips and sand, there’s gotta be something nutritious in it surely.
don’t have the energy to worry give our No.3s much more freedom when it comes to playground equipment.
Despite the fact that we are tripping over toys all day and night, we usually have one BIG basket, container or cupboard we can shove shit in to make the house look tidy in 30 seconds.
These will be strategically scattered throughout the entire house, take a look next time you visit a MOT, once you know what you’re looking for you’ll see them in EVERY ROOM!
We don’t distinguish soft toys from cars or balls anymore, we just throw it all in the one spot, telling ourselves we’ll sort it out soon (WHATEVER).
5. NO SHAME
Once you’ve had three kids, you really don’t have the time or energy to give a shit about much.
You find that you end up surrounding yourself with those who can accept that you’ve gone a little bit whacked in the head and love you anyways.
Sisters are always great for that – they listen to you moan about how you’re going insane and that life is SHIT but they just nod and listen because they know you don’t really mean it but you have to vent to someone!
It also helps if your husband isn’t very observant and doesn’t notice your hair needs a wash or that you’ve stacked on 10kg overnight because you can’t be farked exercising.
What other tell-tale signs give us MOTs away? What is your secret to parenting three or more kids?
Thanks to the AWESOME Grace at With Some Grace I’m flogging my blog!