36 things that make having three (or more) children harder

Posted Thursday 29th October 2015   By Ericka Waller

So I was watching this family of four the other day, as I was out with mine. The two children were sitting quietly. They had elbows off the table and straight backs in their chairs. While they were waiting for their meals (which they ate all of with gusto) they practised reading. Opposite them, their mum and dad were reading the weekend papers, discussing worthy issues, giggling at things, in their pristine Fat Face white jumpers. My children were eating the sweets I’d bribed them with in order to sit down. They were having a competition to see who could kick one-another the hardest under the table. This movement caused me to spill my tea down my Ebay Obey t-shirt (oh the irony). I’d mopped the rest of the scolding hot tea up with the paper, so had nothing to read, not that I could concentrate anyway, with the kids all singing ‘I know the planets one by one‘ to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (very loudly and not in tune). I realised, not for the first time, that when you have three children, you are in a very different club to those who have two. So much so, I’ve made a list:

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