2 Ideas For Every Parent Of Multiples Who Wishes They Had More Arms

Posted on: 18 January 2017

If you and your spouse are expecting multiples, you'll soon learn the true meaning of the words multi-tasking and ambidextrous. Honestly, you'll literally wish you had another arm or two to juggle everything that needs to be done when you are blessed with multiple children from one pregnancy. Unfortunately, there's no way to transform into a mythological creature or a multi-armed goddess. But there are technological advancements that can help. Here are two ideas to consider. 

Install automated lighting throughout your home

Problem: You'll have 2, 3, 4 or more children to juggle all at the same time, which can definitely be challenging when they are all infants through toddlers and need to be carried or held onto. While carrying as many of them as you possibly can in your arms, you will have to figure out how to turn on the lights. Now imagine if one or two of your wee ones are terrified of the dark and begin to scream at the tops of their lungs and turn into little Houdinis attempting to escape from your arms. And there you remain, fumbling for the light switch so you can see and save everyone's sanity. 

Solution: Automated lighting senses when you enter a room. You won't have to struggle and fumble to turn any lights in your home. It will be magical. Simply walk into a room and the light turns on. Walk out? The lights turn off. Each room will have a detector that senses when the rooms are occupied or vacant. Alternatively, you can automate only the rooms where it's most convenient, such as the laundry room, the kitchen, and the main entrance to the home.

While there are DIY kits available on the market, it's a good idea to hire an electrician to install an automated lighting system in your home. The reason for this is because most of these systems need to be installed directly into the home's electrical wiring. Also, incorrectly wiring anything into the electrical circuitry of a home can increase the risk of a house fire substantially. It's better to be safe than sorry and hire a professional instead of attempting to do the install yourself. 

Automate your home's entry door

Problem: Fumbling with keys to unlock the main entrance to your home with multiple children in tow can be equally as difficult as fumbling for a light switch, but perhaps tenfold in bad weather. And then when you do get the door unlocked and start shuttling your little ones, diaper bags, and groceries into the house, you have to be concerned about leaving the door open in case an adventurous offspring decides it's the perfect time to wander around. 

Solution: Automate your home's entry door so it will unlock and open automatically when you enter a specific and defined zone. This can be done by using an app on your smartphone or by keeping a transponder key in your pocket or your purse. If you are blessed with a garage door, the door between the garage and the living space in your home is ideal for this type of lock as well.

This type of door locks can be purchased at most major home improvement centers and installed as DIY projects. However, since home security begins with good locking mechanisms in doors, contact a professional locksmith. For the ultimate in home security, consider connecting the entry doors with the automated lighting system. The system can be designed so the lights flash and/or flicker to alert you if someone should open an exterior door while you are deep within the confines of your home attending to your children. For more information, contact a company like Excel Electric Inc.