1. You know how to wield a fussing toddler and video camera while videotaping three older children dancing.
2. You can manage one large shopping cart with the toddler while three mini-shopping carts follow you in the grocery store.
3. You can cook a meal, talk on the phone, direct the kids in household chores and/or navigate their squabbles, while breastfeeding the baby.
4. You think in checklists:
Have you gone pee?
Have you had a drink of water?
Do you have your coat (and mitts, toque, scarves)?
Do we have snacks and water?
Do we have sunscreen and bug spray?
Is there an activity for the drive?
5. You know one day you’ll qualify for a psychology PhD with all the conflict management and hostage negotiation training that four-way bickering and arguing can create.
6. You’re repeatedly asked “Are these all yours?”
To which you reply, “No, I picked one up on aisle two, another in dairy…”
7. You can go into your storage room, aka kids’ clothing storage room, and envision your very own consignment store. And you know you’ll come out wealthy…
8. Mothers of just one child think you are over-organized and over-controlling. Mothers of many identify the new mothers by the number of times they ask their child, “What do you need?”
9. Others say, “Those are all yours? Good for you. I wouldn’t have the patience!” And you respond, “Me neither”.
But most importantly, you know you’re a mom of many because….
10. You’re doused in hugs and kisses like a toddler in sunscreen at the beach!