When I had two children I strictly monitored the amount of television the boys watched each and every day. A DVD was a real treat. Now I have four boys it is not uncommon for whatever film is the current favourite to be on loop.
When I had two children there was no xBox, Playstation or Wii and Nintendo time was as strictly monitored as that for the TV. Now I have four boys COD (Call of Duty) is on pretty much 24/7 so long as the blood-splattering-on-the-screen option is turned off.
When I had two children you had to sit at the dinner table until you had finished your dinner. Now I have four boys if you don’t like it, don’t eat it. Don’t even sit at the table, see if I can muster the energy to pretend to care. Sometimes I’m so resigned to it all you will still get dessert.
When I had two children you never left the house without being fully clothed – including underwear – and wearing shoes. Now I have four boys we’ve been known to turn up at the supermarket, kindergarten and family gatherings without shoes on or even in hand. Underwear is also totally optional. If it’s cold and you’ve forgotten a jumper you’re on your own.
When I had two children and we went to the movies I would absolutely crack it if they got up from their seats. Now I have four boys I point out the acceptable
race track route around the cinema.
When I had two children bedtime was strictly adhered to six nights of the week. Now I have four children bedtime is after Dr Who.
When I had two children we read stories each and every night before bed. Now I have four boys I read the same story every night. It’s called ‘I SAID GO TO BED’.
When I had two children I vacuumed once a week. Now I have four boys I vacuum once an hour.
When I had two children we would entertain at least once a month. Now I have four boys we don’t even have friends.
When I had two children I’d get so strung out over the smallest detail, the slightest event. Now I just wing it.
When I had two boys I felt totally isolated from the world and on the periphery of society. Now I have four boys we are a society and isolation is just a pretty daydream.