I am trying to work from home during August as I haven't got a lot of childcare, but DS (12) and DS (15) are driving me nuts. Despite my best efforts they are doing everything on an imaginary ticklist of annoying-but-not-illegal-or-immoral things, specifically designed to annoy a parent. Their minor but exasperating crimes include:
Smearing jam all over clean sheets from eating in bed Peeing all over the place in the bathroom and making it stink Toilet skid marks, no use of brush No assistance in house whatsoever despite many disciplinary strategies Lying in bed until lunch and then loafing about in pyjamas all day Arguing and scrapping with each other Bedrooms like fetid hellholes that time forgot (gave in and cleaned one today as I couldn't bear it any longer) Banging on about the next thing they want me to buy for them Refusing to their holiday homework from school Refusing to do anything except muck about on their computers
I have tried everything I can think of to reign them in but I am wondering if there are things other people can think of. I am getting no work done and they have me in tears at the moment.
Sparklingbrook Funny how they have always "forgotten" their money when we are out and could I lend them some for a KFC? I always feel it would be mean to ask for the money back. i'm a soft touch aren't I?
my 14 year old son's feet have grown at least 3 sizes in 12 months. He has spent this holiday learning how to pick things up and throw them with his toes - he'd like longer toes hence the cosmetic toe surgery.