The 10 Stages Parents Go Through When Leaving the House With Kids (PHOTOS)

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car seatRemember how before you had kids, when you wanted to leave the house, you just ... left. You grabbed your bag, your sunglasses, maybe a bottle of water, and hit the road. It was so easy. So simple. You actually never even gave leaving the house a second thought because it was all you knew. It was your life.

But then you have kids and realize that leaving the house was something you spent your whole life taking for granted. Because things have changed. 

Now, leaving the house is far from simple. There are bags to pack; small humans to wrangle; tantrums to stop. It turns what should be a 10-minute trip to Target into an all-day affair. And it ain't always fun.

Moms, Dads, you know you know what I'm talking about. Here are the 10 steps we all go through when leaving the house with our kids.

First thing you do is stretch. You wanna be limber for the death-defying feat you're about to attempt.

stretching

Then you pack the bag. Snacks, water, diapers. You feel organized. You feel good.

confident

Then you start trying to wrangle the kids, who are mid-play, and the wind is sucked out of your sails a bit.

adam scott

You try again, and your kids are like:

rachel berry

You finally get them and are just about to leave when realize you forgot your phone:

james franco

You go back inside and your kids scatter like wildfire.

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You start wondering if it's even worth it. Your family could go a few days without toilet paper, right?

jennifer aniston

But then you're like, "No! I can do this!"

braveheart

You grab your phone, grab the kids, and head to the car. You feel awesome!

amy poehler

And then you realize you just locked yourself out.

will ferrell

How do you make your trips out with the kids easier?

 

Image via Jim Hughes/Corbis

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M4hay... M4hayes1987

Looove this! I have 3 kids under 3 one is inly 2 months i usually start prepping for the trip early or the day before. 1. Baby bag packed with prepared and semi prepared bottle extra clothes for the 2 potty trained diapers wipes everything i could possibly need 2. Get myself ready because if i try to get dressed after i get them dressed they take all their clothes off lol! 3. Get the baby dressed and n the carseat fed dry burped and sleeping 4. Tell my oldest to get dressed and ready to go and last get toddlers dressed and immediatly out the door. Doesnt end there i gotta get them in the car not so bad but thats another list lmao love my kids!!!

nonmember avatar Ally

Hmm, I don't have this problem. Maybe it is because I only have one child. Although I did find this funny and know people who have this issue. We'll see if leaving is still easy and care free once number 2 gets here.

Sonja Jade

I carry everything in my pockets and leave a prepared pack in the car fullof diapers wipes change of clothes.  Having only 1 kid helps too lol

nonmember avatar tara

This article is very true. you can get the kids ready to go - bathroom, clothes, shoes, hair - but the moment you leave the room to finish getting yourself ready, they are taking out toys, books, and deciding to change their clothes. It does get easier once they are a little older thankfully. leaving the house with a baby is the worst when you have older kids

Momma... Momma13111063

With 5 kiddos, I agree leavin the house can be a nightmare that is why I call it my exercise! First on my list...be prepared for anything (I even have an extra set of weather appropriate clothing for myself-stays in van), next if you can enlist help (my 4 yr old is in charge of making sure my phone goes with) last I keep "goodies" (snacks-trail mix, granola bars & all lil toys that I hate stepping on & picking up) if they are in the van, buckled & ready before I am they get to pick from the "snack goodies" & if they are good while we are out they get to pick from the "toy goodies" <~ (this lil trick also cuts the tantrums down, especially when they don't get that "thing" they wanted from the store! ♡♥ my crazy kiddos

nonmember avatar Dusti

with my kids already being out of diapers it is a LITTLE easier but now that they have reached the age of tv watching, ignoring parents, etc, it makes it just as bad. TV goes off, First I tell all kids to get dressed, and to my dismay only one of 4 will listen. When all are dressed the hunt for socks is on....no one in my home knows how to mate socks. I refuse to do it for them so eventually they all end up in a big tote for me to go through every day. On to the shoes. There is always one kid that don't know where he/she took off his/her shoes or where he/she put them. By the time we find the missing shoes, the tv is back on and everyone is sitting comfortably and eyes are peeled open watching PBS kids. My turn! Dressed, groomed, painted up, hair done....wheres my shoes??? Oh that's right! In the midst of looking the elusive missing shoes, I have lost mine in the process.....time to recruit kids. Ok, so now my shoes are found and almost time to go. Rustle up my purse, keys, phone, and shades. Coats go on, out the door we go just for us to turn around because I forgot my wallet. GRRRRRRR!!!! Walk in the door to get wallet and all the kids shoes come off!!!! 20 min later were out the door. Now I need a nap.

Dusti... Dusti1980

with my kids already being out of diapers it is a LITTLE easier but now that they have reached the age of tv watching, ignoring parents, etc, it makes it just as bad.  TV goes off, First I tell all kids to get dressed, and to my dismay only one of 4 will listen. When all are dressed the hunt for socks is on....no one in my home knows how to mate socks. I refuse to do it for them so eventually they all end up in a big tote for me to go through every day.  On to the shoes.  There is always one kid that don't know where he/she took off his/her shoes or where he/she put them.  By the time we find the missing shoes, the tv is back on and everyone is sitting comfortably and eyes are peeled open watching PBS kids. My turn!  Dressed, groomed,  painted up, hair done....wheres my shoes???  Oh that's right!  In the midst of looking the elusive missing shoes, I have lost mine in the process.....time to recruit kids.  Ok, so now my shoes are found and almost time to go.  Rustle up my purse, keys, phone, and shades. Coats go on, out the door we go just for us to turn around because I forgot my wallet.  GRRRRRRR!!!!  Walk in the door to get wallet and all the kids shoes come off!!!!   20 min later were out the door.  Now I need a nap.

skuzzie skuzzie

So true I have three and that's y as much as possible I wait for hubby to get home so I can just walk out the door I call this my break lol going five minutes away to a store alone is my vacation :)

MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

Lol if my kids don't hurry up about getting dressed or getting in the car when we are going/leaving somewhere, I just say 'BYE!' and turn around to start walking & they get in a hurry then! I wouldn't actually walk off & leave them but I guess they haven't realized that yet ;)

IAmom... IAmomOF3boys

You forgot to add that while you are getting shoes and socks on one the other two are undressing. Then while you are redressing the other two the other one is kicking off his socks and shoes. lol


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