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June 19th, 2011, 08:14 AM
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In the younger years for your kids, did you make a point to get out of the house daily or every few days (for story times, playdates, playgrounds), or was it more important for you to stay home and keep your routine going?

We stay home a LOT. It seems like every time I go out, I end up regretting it. When we are home things go much smoother and I'm somewhat on top of daily chores. I'd prefer to be home for sure, but I do get out once a week for Levi's music class, maybe every other week a play date out or trip to the playground.

It always seems like someone is sleeping or eating and by the time we get packed up, we've missed our window.

I don't have any friends that are like that. Everyone else is go, go, go all the time and I don't know how they do it. Do you think it's more common to stay home when you have young kids close in age? Or is that just me?

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June 19th, 2011, 08:53 AM
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When my kids were younger i preferred to stay in to keep routine only going out if something fell in between nap times, i hated being out with cranky kids when it should be there nap time, everything ran smoother if we stuck to routine.
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June 19th, 2011, 09:29 AM
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I do go out with them quite a bit, but only because there is a playgroup that runs monday to friday and fits in with their naps, so it works out pretty good. I really don't like messing with their naps because they get so cranky, and i feel too wore out without a few hours in the day to myself.

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June 19th, 2011, 02:59 PM
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I didn't go out much at all with my twins. I thought it was way too hard because someone always needed a diaper, bottle or nap.

Then once Riley was walking I had two 2 yr olds and a 10 month old. All 3 of them were in too many directions.

I don't think I started really doing a lot until last summer when my twins turned 3. This summer I am pretty fearless and it feels a little strange LOL!

You have plenty of time to "never be home" enjoy the baby and toddler years while you still can.

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June 19th, 2011, 04:20 PM
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I prefer to stay home. I hate things that are scheduled. Shopping with DH is about as out as I go right now.
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June 19th, 2011, 08:02 PM
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My family and friends know that I will only schedule outings/playdates/shopping trips during a certain window of time. I have actually missed many parties/get-togethers b/c they were too late in the evening, and I've been late to many others so I didn't have to wake the girls up from their naps. It would be ridiculous to have them miss a nap b/c then everyone's day would be ruined with crankiness.

That being said, though, we go out several days awake to the zoo or park or a friends house. I just schedule between the two naps.

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June 19th, 2011, 08:21 PM
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i usually schedual outings as well...i dont like to be out after 3 because we have dinner at 5 and with dd sleep problems by the time 3 rolls around she is acting out horribly and i dont want to deal with it in public because i get really dirty looks and people say snotty things under their breath about it. so usually in the morning works for us after they have eaten breakfast and woken up for an hour or two.
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June 20th, 2011, 07:48 AM
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I really stuck to my schedule with DS1 for about 15 months, but with the other three I wasn't as strict and they're much more adaptable b/c of it

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June 20th, 2011, 03:08 PM
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We do some of both.

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June 21st, 2011, 03:17 AM
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We don't do schedules/routines...Just go with the flow. I think it has made the kids so much more easy going and a lot better able to deal with changes and the unexpected. If the kids miss a nap they don't get cranky or miss a beat because we just always go with the flow....no day is ever the same.
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