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what are the parenting challenges you are dealing with at the moment?

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driedapricots Mon 17-Dec-12 06:29:11

in the spirit of 'this too shall pass' i wondered what issues we are all currently trying to work thru..mine; stroppyness & dramatic meltdowns from 5 yo (tbf this has been going on for 4 yrssad ...& early Morning waking for milk with 2.5yo...e.g 4am..ugh. (obv minor compared to those with v v serious issues, i dont mean this thread to offend anyone in that situation of course)

Tolly81 Mon 17-Dec-12 20:07:07

No sleep with teething DD (7 mo). I got 2.5 hours last night. I can manage quite well on 5 but 2.5 doesn't cut it. She was doing the early mornings before she stopped sleeping altogether. Daytime naps hard work too but hoping its all teething related. She's still a jolly baby though despite it and this post is good for reminding me to enjoy her now!! CockyPants - I thought for a minute you had 6 DDs grin - thought you were doing well if it was only number 6 that was causing trouble!

steben Mon 17-Dec-12 20:19:27

Horrific tantrums from DD1 2.10 since the arrival of DD2 9 weeks ago - every bed and breakfast time is an epic battle and she throws some terrible strips in the night too (usually inbetween dd2 wake ups ensuring I get as little sleep as humanly possible). This is also causing problems with my and DH as we argue over best way to tackle it!

steben Mon 17-Dec-12 20:21:36


ConstantCraving Mon 17-Dec-12 21:02:49

Where to start....Potty refusal, food refusal, social niceties refusal, cutlery refusal!! (DD is 3 yrs old)

sheeplikessleep Mon 17-Dec-12 21:08:23

5 year old ds1 is answering back, whining when he doesn't get his own way. Oh and blowing raspberries at me when I say something he doesn't want to hear!

Ds2 is 3 in march. He refuses to walk back from school drop off for his brother as he wants to stay. Back in buggy. Also he laughs at me when I tell him off. So frustrating. He is in a very much physical resistance phase.

Sharksandfishes Mon 17-Dec-12 21:19:14

4mo DS2 going through sleep regression and not settling at night at all.
3.10 DS1 dealing with the massive changes of switching from having a sahd to having a sahm and a new baby brother, by losing his temper all the time, throwing things, hitting and shouting. Oh, and waking up at 5am (usually just as I manage to get DS2 back to sleep)
Life is not fun in our house, I think they may be trying to kill me!

driedapricots Mon 17-Dec-12 21:38:23

well it appears Its universal then. very reassuring...tho was naively hoping the 6-10 years might be the golden ones..clearly not!

BabyGiraffes Mon 17-Dec-12 21:42:02

5 year old - constant answering back. She is also intensely jealous of her 2 year old sister's chickenpox hmm.

TheSecondComing Mon 17-Dec-12 21:44:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Unlurked Mon 17-Dec-12 22:01:18

Dd1 (4yo) keeps hitting dd2. We only have occasional issues with socialising with other kids now, she actually talks to them now where she used to put on an abstract mime/dance performance (which was hilarious to watch but didnt win her many friends).

Dd2 is 2 and a half, we're currently dealing with night terrors, nightmares, sleep talking, refusing to go to bed/sleep and waking everyone in the street house for hours at a time during the night. Actually now I've written that down I can kind of see why dd1 keeps hitting her... grin

happygolucky0 Mon 17-Dec-12 22:04:03

Ds15 at a terrible rebel stage. Can't ask him to do anything without an arguement. Trying to keep him from having under age sex with his girlfriend while I am at work.... oh the joys of parenthood.

timetosmile Mon 17-Dec-12 22:06:38

Oh happy now you have really put the wind up the parents of toddlers who hadn't even thought about teenage sex.... grin

Badvocsanta Mon 17-Dec-12 22:07:48

Lack of sleep
Constant illnesses which worry me senseless.

Fedupnagging Mon 17-Dec-12 22:10:09

Ds1 (18) treating the house like a hotel

Ds2(16) doing no work whatsoever for mock gcse's, general laziness and winding up ds3.

Ds3 (13) stroppy, contrary, argumentative, winding up ds2

Finally, the continued and sustained bickering and fighting whenever they are in the vicinity of each other.

Can cope with all of the above except the constant fighting-it really gets me down and forces me to drink wine grin

sparkle12mar08 Mon 17-Dec-12 22:10:49

Sheer, brainless, thoughtless stupidity from ds1 age 6.10. He just doesn't think about anything, and it's driving me stark raving bonkers. He doesn't read the signs, the body language, the tone of voice, and repeated warnings about his behaviour, and then gets devestatedly upset about the punishment/consequences! He seems to have no levers, nothing that I can use to incentivise behaviour, because he is so in the moment he just doesn't see it. Urgh.

BubblesAndBeans Mon 17-Dec-12 22:13:16

DD (11 months) waking up in the middle of the night wanting to play peek-a-boo, sometimes awake for hours on end before falling asleep again.

Ruprekt Mon 17-Dec-12 22:15:23

10y old wanting a Galaxy Ace phone and giving us attitude!

8y old telling us he knows everything and so is pretty unteachable at home.


Lack of help with jobs.

this too will pass, this too will pass..........

FloralWellies Mon 17-Dec-12 22:18:40

DS (2.2) doesn't speak although understand everything we say and hearing is tested and fine SALT next
Also always wants to sleep with us so wiggles his way in between us about 3am. DP and i are going to buy a bigger bed so we can sleep without clinging onto the edge of the mattress (Too tiring to keep returning him to bed <weak> )

Micha54178 Mon 17-Dec-12 22:21:37

14 year old grumpy, won't tidy bedroom, major attitude

4 year old tries to come in to our bed at 4.30

12 week old refuses to sleep for more than three hours at night!

ellee Mon 17-Dec-12 22:30:16

3yo ds speech issues, the whining doesn't make me want to understand him better sad

Wyo dd climbing endlessly everything, counch, tables, window sills, also terrible food thrower and used to be a bit of a nibbler though that seems to be dying away now...

ellee Mon 17-Dec-12 22:44:56

That's a 1 yo dd!

TheSecondComing Mon 17-Dec-12 23:09:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Badvocsanta Tue 18-Dec-12 07:26:27

TSC...sorry to hear that sad we ended up in a and e with ds2 on Sunday. He is still coughing, still got a temp and yet his chest is clear...sigh. Giving it til tomorrow then am taking him back to gp.

ChristmasKnackers Tue 18-Dec-12 07:41:31

2.5 year old tantrums and reading this has made me dread the impending four month mark with DS2......

TooManyQualityStreet Tue 18-Dec-12 09:24:26

Getting my 11yo DD to do anything (another pretreen with raging hormones?).

Convincing my DS (7) that he doesn't have to won every single game of Monopoly!

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