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Old 07-14-2012, 04:27 AM   #1
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Default 3 children compared to 2

For those who have 3 kids, not talking to you weirdos with 3+.

What your thoughts on 3 kids? I know I won't get any "make this nightmare end" but looking for frank comments on being able to get enough quality time per kid, logistics of three, etc.

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Old 07-14-2012, 04:29 AM   #2
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The biggest issues I had in going from 2 to 3 was the inability to divide and conquer. You can't split 'em up and deal with issues without leaving one still running around. This transition was the hardest for us -- how do you control 3 runaway kids when there are only two of you? Get past that part and you've got it licked.

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Old 07-14-2012, 04:44 AM   #3
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I've got two, but from everyone ive known with three, you don't notice the difference. Two is lots harder than one, but by then you are so tired anyway you don't notice a change with a third.

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Old 07-14-2012, 05:15 AM   #4
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I found three to be a horror show. Maybe because kid #2 was like having four in one. But then, I pretty much had them by myself most of the time.
I also didn't overschedule anyone. If it was going to be a logistical nightmare to get a kid to dance class, they didn't sign up for it. And I couldn't afford it anyway, LOL.

As soon as they're old enough, get them to do stuff around the house. Mine started doing their own laundry at about 8. Sounds harsh, but they didn't appreciate my efforts and I was always crabbing about clean clothes on the floor, etc.

They could all cook themselves something halfway decent by about twelve or so.
We really had no thought about "quality time". We spent a lot of time together (see above re: overscheduling) as a group.

Depending on the ages of the kids, having enough room in your car for three car seats could be a problem. And finding a sitter was really hard.

School lunch money sucked. $2.75/ kid. So I gotta come up with six dollar bills and nine quarters every day? PITA.

Grocery shopping was h-e-double hockey sticks, but not as bad as clothes shopping with three kids.

Good Luck!

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Old 07-14-2012, 05:26 AM   #5
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Growth spurts are hell, 2 weeks of groceries in a couple days and can never get all 3 to agree on a movie, game, etc.

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My 3rd is due in 3 weeks. I keep telling my wife we're going from man-to-man to zone defense. I will let you know.

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Old 07-14-2012, 08:33 AM   #7
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My wife and I have a 2 year old son and a 7 month old daughter.

I'm getting snipped in a month or two. I refuse to be outnumbered, and I couldn't possibly be happier by having more children. Life is too short for that kind of craziness. My thoughts on the matter.

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I'm one of the crazy weirdos who have 4. Going from 2 to 3 was no big deal, IIRC, as they were all within a year or so of each other. The 4th came by surprise 5 years after the 3rd. 20 years later and I've still not recovered from that shock.

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The biggest issues I had in going from 2 to 3 was the inability to divide and conquer. You can't split 'em up and deal with issues without leaving one still running around. This transition was the hardest for us -- how do you control 3 runaway kids when there are only two of you? Get past that part and you've got it licked.
He is right.
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I've got two, but from everyone ive known with three, you don't notice the difference. Two is lots harder than one, but by then you are so tired anyway you don't notice a change with a third.
He is wrong, two to three is a huge change. Everyone he knows is just trying to trick him into having a third because misery loves company.

But in all seriousness the hardest part is being outnumbered someone is always on their own it's compounded even more when you drop down to one parent (wife travels for work) on the positive side if you have a boy and a girl you'll end up with two of the same sex and you won't have to buy many cloths.

How old are your other kids?
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