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post-party exhaustion

Kat and her family came over yesterday for a second small birthday party for Niamh.  Our families have a lot of common but we are also different in a lot of ways.  Their three kids and ours get along really well and they live nearby so it's easy to get together.

The party itself went well but by the end of it I was straight up exhausted! I find Kat's kids really intense.  On the spectrum of more quiet, calm kids to loud and really active, her kids are very much more active and loud.  My kids are somewhere in the middle.  They aren't "be seen, not heard" but they definitely have their moments of OMG craziness LOL.  In general, I find Kat's kids really rough. There's no other polite way to describe them.  For instance, if there's something I don't want them to see or find, I literally have to hide it. If there are certain toys my kids really like and they don't want them potentially broken, I have to hide them too.  Don't get me wrong, my kids break and damage their own toys but Kat's are a whole other level.  Her eldest son was riding Aidan's scooter for instance and was intentionally ramming into the Little Tyke's car William had just gotten a few days earlier, trying to drag it across the concrete.  Um, no.  Kat did step in and told him to stop but OMG her kids are non-stop all the time.  They rarely ever sit down lol.  Niamh is upstairs right now sitting at a table putting together a puzzle she got for her birthday.  Kat's kids can't do that type of thing.  I don't know how she does it.  I'm exhausted after being around her kids for a couple hours.

Today we are meeting up with Kat and her two eldest children to attend a mindfulness workshop for kids and teens.  I appreciate that I have someone to carpool with to such events, however, Kat always wants to leave sooooo fricken early.  The workshop is only 40 min. from our house yet we are leaving an hour and a half before the event starts.  Why?  Because she wants the kids to be able to run around after a 40 min. car ride.  I realize this is because she wants her kids to get their last bit of pent up energy out before the workshop, but really?  A six and seven year old can't tolerate a 40 min. car ride and then run around for 15 min. beforehand?  I think arriving 45 min. early is a bit excessive lol.  It's cold outside and no, I don't want to stand outside for 45 min. before the event even starts.  I realize I'm whining here but when we have to arrive this early to every.single.event we go to, it gets really old.  She asked me if I wanted to attend another event Thurs. from 10-3 PM where she wanted to leave another 90 mins. early.  I flat out told her no. Not happening.

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siduri
Jan. 15th, 2017 02:10 pm (UTC)
I used to do that same thing when my kids had certain friends over. Some children are just naturally rough on things, it seems...
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