I do a babysitting trade with a friend of mine every couple of weeks/once a month. We each have three kids, the oldest being her daughter, 6, and the youngest being my little man, 10 months. In there we have two 5 year-olds, an almost 4 year-old and an almost 2 year-old. Needless to say, it's busy around here when all 6 kids are over.
Monday night she watched our kids because it was our anniversary. Last night was our turn. The kids came in and began playing so nicely. They continued to play nicely. But we were having issues of doors being closed to keep the smaller ones away. It's hard being big and having little ones come in and mess up what you're playing. It's also hard being little and not being allowed to play with all of the other kids.
It's also hard when Jennie doesn't allow doors to be shut in her house. Was a rule growing up, now it's a room in our house. That way I know what's going on at all times and no one gets their fingers slammed in the door. It's a good rule to have, if I may say so myself.
We had big girls playing puzzles and big boys playing cars. It was a good time, until they each got tired of puzzles and cars became boring.
I do have to say that no one fought! (score one for us!) But what do you do when you have so many kids under one (very small) roof who are all such different ages? I know there's always the TV, but I think that the TV gets used as a babysitter far too often. (I'm even guilty of it when I need to take a shower or something like that).
I'd like to know what you all do to help keep your kids happy and occupied in doors (since I live in an apartment and don't have a backyard). Help a girl out!