Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:45 pm by hsmomof5
tiffany wrote:As you can tell by my signature I am the mom of 5 boys, ages 1-11. Their activity level and general craziness seems to be increasing. Sometimes I feel I have a gang of marauding pirates, and I might get thrown overboard! Anybody out there with a bunch of boys? I'd love to hear your survival techniques.
I have four sons but they are older than yours. I know that my sons love hands on things. If I could get them blocks, shape sorters, puzzles, trucks, paint, coloring, play do or something of the like, they were content. I also loved checking out educational videos from the library for them to watch. My toddler (dd) loves her dry erase board desk. I've seen smaller hand held ones at WalMart that come with the dry erase markers and I think it might be helpful.
Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:10 pm by MJ in IL
5 boys! I didn't think I was prepared for the 2 I have.
We have animals so the boys have feeding chores first thing. It makes for a bit later start, but the physical activity helps for a longer focused time period once we do get going.
One son loves Legos and toys, the other is more of a real-life kind-of-guy. I find that playing with the toys earlier in the day doesn't work here. We do much better saving that for a "I'm done with everything " reward.
When my children were younger I rotated toys. They enjoyed having "new" toys every month.
Rotating mom-time with and indep time and play with the toddler time helped me get school done when I had youngers.
This year I made charts for the kids to mark how many baskets they made, how many miles they walked and how many books they read. There was a "prize" at the goal amount. They found it quite motivating.
We walk in the afternoons. I rotate through the kids going to the end of the road (1/4 mile and back) with each one before and after my jog. This has been fun for me and them.
Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:24 pm by mamaofredheads
I have 3 boys but one is grown & thankfully they've outgrown most of that now.
The thing that helped most, which Molly mentioned, was frequent change of activities. I had to do a bit of "seat work" and then they had trampoline time. Then I would read to them and let them play with something quietly while I was reading, and then do a bit more seat work, etc.
The other thing that helped a lot was having a schedule (we use Managers of Their Homes) - we don't stick to the times so much as the order they do things. It really helps wiggly little boys to know that after math comes read alouds and after read alouds comes snack, etc. We still try to do that & it makes a huge difference for them & for me.
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:13 am by six meadows
We also have 5 boys (and 2 girls)... So anyway you can guess what is can be like here. They do a whole lot of situps, pushups, and running throughout day.
yippeee for boys!!
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:08 am by mrs_mike98
I have 4 boys, ages 7.5 (almost) 6, 3.5 and 18 months.
They spend ALOT of time outside. In the spring and fall (when its not oppressively hot!) I send them outside to "run laps" before school starts. We also take a walk in the neighborhood a few mornings a week, and a walk for them usually consists of lots of running. Also, lots of constructive chores. When little hands are bored, trouble ensues ;-) They like to feel like they're doing something productive.
Just keeping them active and busy really helps maintain concentration and reduce noise levels.
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:32 am by scmlg
I have 3 boys, and thought that was chaotic!! LOL
The lifesaver for us this past year was bringing in chore cards. We got the idea and so forth from http://www.titus2.com
Worth every penny for us! Don't get me wrong, they had chores before this, but what a difference the cards made in our family. Now they have morning, after lunch, 5:00, 7:30 chore times, and then we all have Saturday morning chores (which we are doing now) It's structured time throughout the day doing what needs to be done.
Besides that, I just gear our learning to what they are into along with MFW, keeping it hands on when possible.
Hang in there. I sure do feel like I'm going to be thrown overboard as well some days. It gets overwhelming, but hang in there.
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:37 pm by baileymom
We have 6 dc, the oldest 2 are girls (which is such a blessing, yay for girls first!!!), and then we have 4 boys, 6, 3, 17 mos, and 2 1/2 mos.
My 17 mo old LOVES the Laurie Berkner band DVD and that usually gets everyone active for 30 mins.
I also have to use a playpen and highchair a lot. I learned this with our 1st boy 6 yrs ago...I don't think we owned a playpen until he came along. It gives me time to do some things and not have to worry about safety.
I wear my ds 2 1/2 mos a lot. I have a moby wrap, and he'll sleep in it sometimes for 3 hrs.
As for my 6 and almost 4 yr olds... one mom mentioned outside time. That's important.Running and screaming out the extra energy help.
Another life saver for me is Quiet Time. Every day from 12:45 - 2:45 is quiet time. My girls read, play on the computer, or write notes to friends. Sometimes ds 6 falls asleep other times he looks through books or plays with hot wheels. The littler ones all sleep. This helps my brain to regain control, and I can make it through the rest of the day.
Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:52 pm by MJP
We bought a trampoline. That wouldn't help for the whole winter, but it sure took out some energy. My four are older, so the oldest two can go to the gym now, and all four can ride bikes. Their energy is amazing compared to my girls. I love the pirate comparison!
Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:31 pm by Winkie
I have 4 boys, ages 1-8yo. When they're getting really rowdy, I will "order" them to go outside and run 5 laps around the house. They usually have so much fun that they do more than 5! We also recently got a rebounder (mini trampoline). It's ugly but I think it's worth it. When energy is high, I will tell them to get on it and count to 50. When we start school, I'm planning to have them recite math facts while bouncing. :-)