Monday, April 30, 2012

It's Better When They're Together

Posted by Picasa It looks like a lot of kids: eleven, count them, at our house for a few days during April vacation. Families with one or two children think it's a crazy thing. "I don't know how you do it," they say. But children are so much happier and occupied when they have peers around. Even my quiet, introverted daughter jumps into the mix. We don't have to offer any structured activities besides bike rides or a trip to the beach. (New England was freakishly warm in mid-April.) To the extend we can approximate this experience with the adults, making dinner and drinks together, we are content, too. Is the key having other "large" families around, so that no one is horror stricken by the mass of dishes on the counters or the occasional fall into the pond? Do you think we can keep track of exactly what each child eats? Uh, nope. Imagine giving up that kind of control...

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