family, parenting


Back when we only had one cub, being home alone was no big deal.  It was one adult and one cub.

Four years after Cub 1 was born came Cub 2.  No problem!  Two adults and two cubs most of the time.  When there was only one adult at home…not bad.

Four years after Cub 2 came Cub 3.  We officially became out-numbered.  Only one adult at home brought about little problems, but quick fixes…and she was so darn cute!

Eighteen months after Cub 3 came Cub 4.  We’ve given up.  Out-numbered, out-witted, out-of-energy!  Occasionally, when only one adult  is around:

Cub 4 might decide to put ornaments on the Christmas tree without ornaments being attached.

She might decide to put together a puzzle.

Or she might decide to eat some oatmeal straight from the pack!

She’s sleeping now and getting re-energized for tomorrow.  It’s time for us to do the same!

Peace and Blessings!


8 thoughts on “Out-numbered”

  1. Love the pics! The “not so simple goal” is to get everyone in the habit of cleaning up after themselves — even cub 4! One tactic I use for our girls (6 and 3) is set a timer to see who can put away the most toys before the bell rings. Their sense of competition kicks in immediately and before you know it the toys are in the bins! I reward them with a treat and yes most times it’s my 6 year old that wins but she shares so well, that my 3 year old reaps the reward (because what started out as a one-on-one competition…turns into a TEAM challenge against mommy).

    You know this stage will pass; enjoy the challenge and the memories!

    1. Thanks for the input! Cubs 3 and 4 love to sing the “Clean Up” song, but rarely stick with it! I like the competition against Mommy tactic, though! We’ll have to practice that over the weekend! Thanks for visiting!

  2. I can relate completely! At least you have some gaps between them. Right now we are at 9, 5, 3, and 1. I am losing my mind most days!

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