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I just got back from a 4 day visit to New York City with all my kids.


My 5 year old said her favorite part was visiting Dunkin’ Donuts so obviously it was money well spent.

In life, I can be a bit over ambitious at times. Which is exactly how I ended up on an airplane alone with 5 children.

Here’s my biggest advice for when you see a mom traveling alone with many children. First, pick up one of her many carry on bags and help get it to her seat. Second, buy her a glass of wine as soon as the refreshment service begins. And third, make sure you are not seated in front of her 2 year old. Because no one can kick the hell out of a seat like a 2 year old.

Luckily my mom met me in the city so I wasn’t completely on my own. We did some fun stuff like visiting the American Museum of Natural History and the Children’s Museum of the Arts. And of course that noteworthy New York City destination… the Statue of Liberty. Oh wait, I meant Dunkin’ Donuts.

I’ve actually never been to the Statue of Liberty. I mean, sure I was born in New York City and lived a short distance from it for most of my life but I don’t want to rush it. In good time.

And there is a new chapter in 2 year old Cash’s never ending effort to give me nervous breakdowns.

I can’t really bear to drag this story out because I’m still having post traumatic stress syndrome but the 5th floor apartment we were staying at had an outside deck. A locked outdoor deck.

Well, at one point, 5 year old Harlowe says to me, “Cash is outside.”

I stare at her, not really understanding but at the same time I start racing towards this deck and there is Cash, standing on a chair trying to peer over the side.

I immediately grab him, run inside and relock the door.

How did he get out? His 5 year old brother unlocked the door.

Why would he unlock the door? He doesn’t know why because he’s a 5 year old boy.

What if Harlowe hadn’t told me? It’s terrifying.

So anybody who saw me at the Museum of Natural History with Cash on his backpack leash, don’t judge me. This kid has no regard for his personal safety and I’m just trying to keep serious tabs on him.

I’m grateful to be home. Although I still haven’t unpacked from the trip. Because that would involve things like taking stuff out of suitcases and laundry.

Like the Statue of the Liberty. All in good time.


10 Responses to new york city with kids. yes, all 5 of them.

  • beachmom says:

    Yikes!!!! Thank goodness for little girl reporters!! i cannot imagine traveling alone with 5 kids – you are a rock star mom! I love that DD was the highlight of the trip – gotta love kids – we took our daughter to Disney for the first time when she was 3 1/2 – my husband and I were SO excited for her…we were at magic kingdom for about 30 minutes when she asked to go back to our hotel as the pool was “more fun”…we have not been to disney since.

  • Steph says:

    Oh wow, I am a little shaky just imagining Cash on that balcony. And I can’t believe you flew with five kids. That may be some kind of record.

  • Daphne says:

    You are an amazing, brave super mama! An inspiration (at least from one who has a child who constantly climbed to the top of scary things, and only jumped about 50% of those times)

  • Angi says:

    I just took my 3 kids on a 4 day jaunt to Orlando, including the Magic Kingdom – alone – and my 6yo gave a presentation about the trip on Monday. What was the most memorable part of the trip for him? The tiny Lego toy he got as a gift from a friend. You’re a brave soul. Glad you survived sanity intact. Relatively speaking.

  • Lanie says:

    Wow – very impressive (the traveling with all the kids part) & terrifying (Cash on the balcony part). No judgment here – i would bubble wrap mine if I could!

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