Try to explain airport security to children. Give them a rundown of the security procedure before arriving at the airport. If you have young children, ask if you can go through security with them. If not, go before them so they realize how easy it is.
Don’t tackle all of the Ménage lyon 8 in one large chunk of time (which is a rare thing for parents). Instead, focus on breaking down the housekeeping into smaller bits: walk around the house with a plastic grocery bag and fill just that one bag with stuff that has to be thrown out, set a time for fifteen minutes and work in just one room for those fifteen minutes, clean just one toilet instead of all three.
Jon comes across as he does on the show also: helping tirelessly, seemingly the real hero of the family. Kate mentions that at night he would carry the babies to bed one by one, stopping to hold each one up to her lips for her to kiss. Although this is very sweet of Jon, it made me want to scream at Kate. Please GET UP OUT OF YOUR CHAIR and help put your own kids to bed, gosh darn it! It’s very reminiscent of the many scenes in the show where Kate is parked in her plastic chair, observing but rarely getting personally involved.
It is also recommended that the housecleaner(s) begin with the attic. Hmm, I don’t know about anyone else, but I ain’t going up there. It be dangerous. I do understand the top down reasoning though, even when just dusting a room.
It’s housekeeping tips very difficult in some independent cultures to ask for the help you need and deserve. But don’t try to be a rugged individualist. Most native cultures expect little of a new Mom for a couple of months postpartum. She is pampered and taken care of by the women in her community.
I’ve sampled those societies. Hell, as a British citizen, I’m sampling one right now. Far from being progressive, they are self-centred, inward-looking, harsh and ugly.
This is a 3-story building, with room access on the outside. You know it; you’ve seen it numerous times and passed it by…the concrete walkways and stairs with the metal railings. Litter in every corner of the parking lot. Yeah, that one.
Before tucking a broken item away until it can be fixed, ask yourself (and be honest with the answer) if you’ll really ever get around to fixing it. If not, maybe it could be passed on to a handier friend who is will to fix and use it.