Parents Of More Than Two Kids Are The Heroes Of Our Day

Parents Of More Than Two Kids Are The Heroes Of Our Day

The real MVPS.

If you’ve followed my articles at any point over the past few months, you’ll know that I share every aspect of being a mom. From how to grocery shop while keeping your sanity to learning how to appreciate all the hard moments, I’ve shared a lot about parenting and the trials that come with it. Failures come easy to me it seems, but I’ve realized that there are parents out there that need a bigger appreciation than a single day a year. Parents of more than two kids deserve a shout out.

Some days I’m on a roll and can be the mom from 7th Heaven. Kids both bathed, fed, teeth brushed and in bed by 8pm on the dot. Home cooked meals all day and a clean house. And still able to have a chance to take my own shower and reserve time to have a conversation with my husband when he gets home. Those are great days.

Then there are days when I’m the mom from The Middle. Frozen waffles for breakfast, messy hair in buns that was not brushed, baby wipe bath, teeth possibly brushed and struggling to get in bed by 8 p.m. These kinds of days usually end up with a not so clean house, microwavable meals and no shower for me. And most definitely no conversation with my husband when he gets home.

There really is no in between. I’m either an all-star or a “you tried” star. This past week I watched my friend’s two children from Wednesday morning until Friday night. In addition to throwing them in the mix, I watch my niece in the afternoons for a few hours every weekday. For several hours a day this past week, I was responsible for five little people. Five little, beautiful and ever impressionable people – it was an experience.

I don’t know how people have more than two kids do it. I’m not talking about celebrity families that hire nannies, au pairs, live in chefs and house cleaners; I’m talking about the everyday parents who do it on their own. You are champions. You are considered the beasts of the parenting world. If this was an Olympic sport judged on performance, you could show up in yoga pants covered in throw up and still take first place.

All of the kids were on their own schedules. One of them liked peanut butter sandwiches while the others had to have jelly. Some wanted their sandwiches cut one way and one didn’t want it cut at all. Bedtime was a breeze for half of them and a battle for the other half. Baths were awful all over because my bathroom floor might be rotting through from all the water that hit the laminate, but that’s okay. One was up at 5:45 a.m. every day and ended up waking all the others up at the same time too. There was never a single time when all the kids could be in the same place, doing the exact same thing and staying on the exact same page even though they are all around the same age. It was ridiculous.

I loved being able to watch the kids. My own children learned to appreciate sleeping in their own beds. My youngest has been attached at the hip ever since and really had a hard time sharing her mommy. And my friend’s kids that went back home probably has a better appreciation of her. Every parent parents differently. Some things that are acceptable at my house probably isn’t acceptable at my friend’s house, and that’s okay. But I feel like if I had more than my two girls the rules would fly out the window. I’d be lucky if they all had pants on in time for school.

So to all you moms and dad with more than two kids, this one is for you. I struggle every day with the two I have, yet, most of you make it look easy with these four and five kids you have. Maybe it’s because after the first two kids you can be considered a professional. Or maybe you all really are just all-stars who deserve the recognition. Whatever the case may be, you rock.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Dealing With The Bipolar Louisiana Weather, As Told By Coach O Himself

Whether it's figuring out what to wear or dealing with the weather on your walk to class, we've all faced these struggles at some point.


As you may know, the Louisiana weather this time of year is not the most reliable. On Monday it can be sunny and 82 degrees, and by Tuesday it's freezing and raining. Here are some situations you've probably dealt with at some point or another, told through none other than Coach O himself.

Looking at your phone to check the weather app before you get dressed.


This is crucial when getting dressed because you never know what weather you should be preparing yourself for. Make sure you look at the whole day's forecast because it could very well change in a short amount of time.

When you walk outside and it's way hotter than you anticipated.


You instantly start sweating... hurry up and speed-walk through campus to get to some sort of air conditioning.

When you come out of class and the weather has completely changed.


You didn't anticipate that the weather would be changing within the hour, so you played yourself. You look cute today but when you walk out of class, it's a torrential downpour outside and you have no rain jacket or umbrella.

Being forced to take a shower when you get home because your outfit made you a sweaty mess.


When you got dressed in the morning, you wore long sleeves and pants, but now it's 80 degrees so you're sweating your ass off... congrats, now you have to go home a take a shower.

When your friend tells you that "it will probably be nice all day."


Don't trust them, don't trust the weatherman, don't trust anyone. The weather has a mind of its own and you can't ever really be sure that it's going to stay beautiful outside all day.

When you remember that you left your windows open... and now it's raining.


Yeah even though it was sunny when you got out, doesn't mean it's going to stay sunny all day. ALWAYS make sure you close your windows or you'll hate yourself when you're sitting in Lockett and your car windows are open across campus.

When you actually planned ahead and dressed in the correct layers.


Congrats, this may happen to you once in your life (if you're lucky). Sometimes the weather is just nice and sunny and bearable, and you don't have to worry about it screwing up your day.

No matter what the weather is though, Louisiana in the springtime may be one of the nicest things in the world. Throw on some shorts, grab your hammock, and enjoy the weather.

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