11 rules for taking care of Growing Up McGhee's sextuplets

Jun 22, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. ET
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When the parents are away, the sextuplets will play.

Ro and Mia McGhee left town for a nine-day cruise on tonight's episode of Growing Up McGhee. Luckily, Grandma and nanny Boogie were there to take care of the sextuplets, but not without the help of some steadfast rules.

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1. Food must be on time

These kids like their pizza, and it had better be ready when they get home from school or there'll be hell to pay.

2. Get organized

Charts and to-do lists are your friend.

3. Never leave the house without a key

Even if you're just going in the backyard. Why? Because the kids will lock you out, of course.

4. Head counts are vital

With six 5-year-olds, losing one is definitely a possibility.

5. Bedtime is set... kinda

The sextuplets go to bed at 8:00 p.m., but Grandma admits that when she's around, 8:00 p.m. is more like 8:30 or 9:00.

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6. It takes two

One babysitter ain't gonna cut it. These kids are active and ready to move. To make sure they get properly taken care of, the McGhees hired Grandma plus their nanny/babysitter Boogie.

7. There is no quiet

Grandma loves to yell "quiet" at the kids. Unfortunately, with six of them, quiet is never really an option.

8. Grab the spoon

Grandma holds the spoon as a threat. Don't worry, there's no actual hitting with the spoon. It's more of just a symbol and apparently, it works.

9. Activities are key

These kids are active and they need to stay busy. Entertainment is vital for a happy household, which is why crafts are great, like making welcome-home signs for Mom and Dad.

10. Breaks keep you sane

School is a blessing in disguise because it means a break from the kids, and that's a good thing. Spending all that energy all the time to manage those children would drive anyone to the breaking point. Hence the cruise.

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11. Love is most important

Because there are six of them, it's important to remember that each and every one needs affection and love to feel special. Luckily, they have a loving family that excels at individualizing their children as well as teaching them the importance of teamwork.

Do you think you could babysit sextuplets?