Anybody feel outnumbered by the force of their close in age older kids?

(8 Posts)
Outnumbered221 Thu 14-Nov-13 13:40:38

I have been finding this really hard lately. I wanted to watch Downton Abbey the other night and they both wanted to watch something else at the same time and I insisted. My house, my tv, sorry, good night. But not only was there a big hoo haa but they were both united in their indignance. They're both clever, and both very good at arguing. They're like barristers cross-examining me sometimes. They are doing well at school, they don't shout at me. They're grateful for the things I buy them. But they're a united force against me when what they want is the same thing. It's kind of frightening me a bit.

freemanbatch Thu 14-Nov-13 13:59:33

I feel like that quite a bit and my kids are still very young but due to the circumstances with their dad and me knowing that I probably can't keep them safe from him forever I am guilty of encouraging them to stick together and fight each others corners so its a price I have to pay!!

I am sure I will regret it when they're older though because they really are very good at it grin

betterthanever Thu 14-Nov-13 14:11:13

I think they would be very grateful if you bought another TV smile or maybe soon they can put their talents to good use and go and get a job and buy their own TV smile sounds like you have done a good job bringing them up. It can be scary when they are the strong, intelligent characters you wanted them to be.

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 14-Nov-13 14:13:28

I feel like that with one 8 yr old, I sympathise with the 'tag team' approach of 2! grin

corlan Thu 14-Nov-13 17:08:53

Keep repeating 'This is not a democracy,this is a benevolent dictatorship'.

Good luck!

losingtrust Thu 14-Nov-13 20:15:00

I have two dcs that try that with me but I tend to negotiate separately -divide and conquer. I concentrate on the one who I know will fold first.

honey86 Thu 14-Nov-13 21:44:23

my boys do this and theyre only 7 and 5!!

ProtectiveMother Thu 14-Nov-13 21:57:23

I too feel outnumbered sometimes and mine are 3 and 6

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