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by Robin

Robin is a contributor at Simple Kids, has four- and two-year-old daughters, an infant son, a husband who works many more than full-time hours, and a full-time career of her own in government in Washington, DC. You can read more about Robin’s parenting philosophies and her family’s antics and adventures at her personal blog, The Not-Ever-Still Life.

On raising a three-child family

Raising three kids is not simply raising two kids plus one more. A three-kid family has a different dynamic, and it’s not the default dynamic of most family situations.

Event tickets are sold in packs of four.

If you’ve just had your third kid, you might not be able to fit your kids’ car seats and boosters in your family car.

You’ll go to a restaurant and be asked to wait a minute.

They’ll push a table over for you while a family of four is seated immediately.

You’ve exceeded the norm. Four is a tidy number and five is not, but since when has raising children been a tidy process? As we celebrate with Tsh as she joyously expands her family, I would like to share my observations on caring for a family of five. Our children are four-years-old, two-years-old, and four-months-old, respectively, and here are some lessons I’ve learned by having three children.
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