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I Survived a Solo Trip to the Hardware Store With Three Kids

Three KidsThere was a survey that came out a little earlier in the month that said moms with three kids are the most stressed out. As a mom with three kids, I have never found myself to be too stressed out by the everyday things that come with raising children, even when I had three kids in diapers under three years old.

I am used to taking the kids out by myself — we do it almost daily and have for the past 4 years. We go to the park, to the grocery store, to the community center, the bank and all over. I don’t drive, so I take the kids by foot and we make our way to where we need to be.

The whole story is different when it requires you to leave the house with your three kids — solo in a place where they don’t want to be. Which I did this weekend when we made a family trip to the hardware store. We needed a few things for our garden and wanted to pick up a BBQ, which I have been wanting forever. My husband was with me, but when we found the BBQ we wanted, even with our van there was no real way to bring that home and the three car-seat kids in the same trip.

So, my husband purchased the BBQ and I hung out at the store with the three kids, on a busy Sunday to pick up the rest of the things we needed. We needed to waste time until he got back with the car to take us all back home and I still had to find a few accessories for the garden and new BBQ.

The kids have never been a fan of the hardware store. There are no toys for them to check out, it smells like wood and they grow tired quickly of looking at toilets (after they laughed about seeing them on the shelves) and carpet samples. It was past their lunch time and they were cranky and bored.

I was there for maybe an hour gathering the other things we needed and waiting for our ride. I survived though and it’s in those moments where I am by myself with two hands, three kids in a place where they don’t want to be — that I realize that three kids can be  a handful and I deserved a pat on the back for surviving with my nerves in tact.

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