This morning my kids did NOTHING but fight. I went upstairs and my daughter was mad because her brother was teasing her. My four year old was standing in the bathroom wearing only a t-shirt and squeezing a tube of toothpaste into the sink because.."it's fun." They fought over a remote, they fought over who got to sit in a laundry basket, they fought over what they were eating for lunch. I finally got them to play a game since the weather is a little crappy today and I couldn't just shoe them outside!
Soon the middle child will be off to basketball camp for the afternoon and my youngest should take a nap. Ahh, maybe some peace and quiet. It's fun to listen to other mother's tell stories about their children. I can laugh because I know exactly what they are going through and they in turn can laugh at me. I swear my three kids are as loud and obnoxious as twelve kids! I really have a lot of admiration for people who decide to become parents in the first place and for those that just keep having them!
I think the key is organization. I try to have menus planned, activities planned, chores for them to do and even when they all go into melt-down mode at least everything else around me is somewhat in a tidy order. I've always been a 'glass is half-full' kind of person so I can usually find the good in things and when I can't well that's when I feel sorry for anyone who has to be around me!
I do think that grandparents see their grandchildren as payback to their children and I'll be honest, that's how I'll look at it when my kids have kids. Becoming a grandparent in the far, far future is all part of my evil plan to get back at my kids.