i so needed this. i was reading one of the blogs i subscribe to, and found this:
"Attention all parents of multiple children, especially those with babies and/or toddlers, and definitely all new homeschooling families -- raise your right hand and repeat after me: "My children will not always be this age."... Babies will eventually detach themselves from Mom's chest, toddlers will eventually learn to obey the Voice of Authority, and the preschoolers will eventually get the cereal poured into the bowl instead of directly onto the floor. Your job right now, Mom, is just to survive today with a little dignity intact. You might even get a lesson explained. Ok, half a lesson. But you have just started, and by next week things will go a little smoother. I promise. (But notice I did not quantify "a little.") Remind yourself as often as needed that your children are growing up, they are maturing, they are learning. (Also remind yourself that anyone daring to criticize your homeschooling and/or housekeeping skills probably does not have the same number of children underfoot that you have, or they would know enough to keep quiet.)"
i bolded the part that i REALLY liked! LOL!
here's a link to the whole thing.