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June 02, 2004

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Amanda

So true- we all have a Norman Rockwell fantasy, but it usually doesn't work out that way. The times I find the best with my children are when I least expect things to go smoothly and suddenly the stars align and we have a great time!

Amanda

So true- we all have a Norman Rockwell fantasy, but it usually doesn't work out that way. The times I find the best with my children are when I least expect things to go smoothly and suddenly the stars align and we have a great time!

Tiff

Yup....I was thinking the whole thing out the minute I read this post. There would be no way I would take my child to pick strawberries.....well maybe I would but I would be a nervous wreck the whole time...

Meg

Amen! Having recently gone from one child (9yo) to three kids (+ 5yo & 3yo), I very quickly discovered exactly what you posted. Must think things through and realize what will really happen before you go ANYWHERE, or you'll be bald by the end of the trip.

Emily

We have done the strawberry picking before,and it wasn't too bad.But,I'm right there with you about thinking twice before jumping head-first into an activity with three kids.I keep a few more of my hairs that way!

Betsy

Ohhhh yeahhhhhh.

We did the strawberry picking trip one year, and it actually worked out quite well. Other similar trips have not.

I've also learned that segregating kids is vital sometimes. Think it's a great idea to appear as a family to an end-of-season soccer team party? Think again, if it means that all you do is chase after the younger child & miss the coach's stirring tribute to your older child, for example. Not to mention the way it makes the older child feel when you miss that special moment...

Older son has a soccer team party on Monday night. Younger daughter already has a babysitter lined up. Everyone's happy.

Carmen

Last year, I went strawberry picking with four kids, a one year old in the sling, and child #6 about 4 months along inside. It was blisteringly hot and muggy, and it had just rained for four straight days. Never, ever ever again.

We will get them in flats at the supermarkets, thank you very much!

VJ

I spent a couple weeks picking strawberries when I was a pre-teen. This was a commercial field, and it was hard work. Believe me, there's no walking through the fields, it was down on your knees in the mud trying to grab at any sign of red you saw. It was hard work especially with Mount St. Helens spewing ash all over the place. That made it a lot of fun (yeah, right). Hey, I earned about $150.00 though. Funny, I only did it one season - I wonder why.

mvh

Very astute observation, and useful in so many of life's areas. I have found myself doing more of this too now that I am a parent. I think it is an invaluable skill - the importance of being REALISTIC. In the end, you wind up doing yourself a favor and avoiding unnecessary disappointment. Great post!

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