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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)

BikeRunSki Tue 18-Dec-12 19:43:40

Very bored September born 4 yo who was more than ready for school this year, missed this intake by a week, and is fed up. He is getting disruptive and rude. He runs around and screechs continuously and can not seem to focus or concentrate on anything other than TV. As for doing what he's asked.... Coupled with life long reluctance to eat, and a curious, climbing 1 yo who rarely sleeps more than 3 hours at a stretch.

naughtynancy Tue 18-Dec-12 19:37:49

elle I have a 12 wk old as well so feel your pain!

ellesabe Tue 18-Dec-12 18:17:09

Dd1 (2.1yo) has stopped napping and dd2 (6wo) has muddled her night and day so I get almost NO sleep at the moment <crawls into the corner to cry>

naughtynancy Tue 18-Dec-12 14:22:00

DS (2.1) - regressing on potty training (had been fully trained before 2), also dropping his daytime nap.

alardi Tue 18-Dec-12 12:55:56

This sounds so awful, there are lots & lots of good things about them, too, but in terms of things I wish I could fix...

Teenager: Generally selfish self-centred lazy demanding bad tempered git.

Preteen: lying, suspected petty thefts, high strung

middle school child: annoying to others, has no friends sad. Hot temper.

reception child: Picking at own face causing scars, doesn't eat a varied diet. Very Minor compared to others' problems, though.

Skiffen Tue 18-Dec-12 11:21:05

Thanks gary - worsening of long term condition, so they want to step everything up a bit which is worrying and disappointing as we had been doing well.

Home now, but dd1 is punishing my absence by ignoring me and being daddy-focused.

Emsmaman Tue 18-Dec-12 10:30:21

Still terrible sleep with DD 20mo. I was overjoyed she slept 9pm-3am as I got a decent stretch. We also get the wide awake in the middle of the night thing regularly, 2 hours plus. Would be fine if she just nattered to herself but she wants company.

DD bites, kicks, hits and pulls my hair. Since her way of apologising is giving a hug, she now seems to be deliberately hitting in order to get a hug.

Every week is a new f*cking cold/virus whatever. She's just over chicken pox and now has a cold. All attempts at sleep training get sidelined after a few days when she catches something and becomes a clingy mess again.

AnotherMonkey Tue 18-Dec-12 10:02:03

Good thread.

Here, another previously happy, funny, laid back boy who has been knocked sideways by baby sister.

Tantrums, whining, doing stuff he knows he shouldn't while staring at you like a lunatic. He's also started telling tales but does it on himself too (eg [in best whiny voice] "mummy I hit BabyMonkeeeeeey I hit, muummmy". He didn't, I was right there hmm ). Although he has started doing that too, sometimes. Short of packing his new sister up in a box and sending her back, I really couldn't give him more love and attention. This too shall pass (please please please let it be soon).

This is especially fun with extended sleep deprivation.

DD not very well, I feel so sorry for her at the moment and she's a grizzly bear.

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!

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......

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.

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

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

That's a 1 yo dd!

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...

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!

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> )

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..........

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.

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.

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

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

Lack of sleep
Constant illnesses which worry me senseless.

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

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.

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

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

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