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Multiple (pre-)teens - survival guide?

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Katsite Tue 28-Jun-16 19:27:35

I have 3 preteen DDs. What are your top tips for surviving the next few years?

TIA

PotteringAlong Tue 28-Jun-16 19:28:29

Gin and headphones

Katsite Tue 28-Jun-16 19:30:39

grin

that could work!

I used to wear ear plugs when they were wee. Might just get me a new pair!

PotteringAlong Tue 28-Jun-16 20:50:02

At least now you can legitimately leave them to fend for themselves for a bit grin

namechangedtoday15 Wed 29-Jun-16 17:29:01

Mobiles. They don't interact with me (or anyone else) much when they're allowed on them. Is 23 hours 30 minutes too much wink??

Katsite Wed 29-Jun-16 19:19:27

grin

I have started with extra white wine this evening.

I am also outsourcing them to my saintly MIL for 3 weeks shortly.

Katsite Wed 29-Jun-16 19:20:14

All the other multiple teen mums are obviously rocking in the corner and can't get to MN.

namechangedtoday15 Wed 29-Jun-16 20:19:33

Seriously, I'm looking for answers too. My twins are 11 so we're in the "need to give them a bit of independence" phase whilst trying to make sure we don't make them old before they need to be but also trying to teach them to be kind of street wise (walking home by themselves, popping to the shop). B/G twins here. Completely different. Little bit moody / back chatting when they get tetchy, all a bit competitive. We're trying to stay calm failing miserably and being less helicopter parent-y but it's proving difficult. I also miss the evenings we had when they were in bed for say 8!

Katsite Wed 29-Jun-16 21:29:11

Oh, don't get me started on the evenings, name!

Mine are generally considered very independent so I feel I did ok on this although street wise would probably be too much. I just can't deal with the bickering and yelling. I guess they have to defend their little corner of the universe but it's getting on DH's and my nerves.

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 29-Jun-16 21:34:59

My twins are about to turn 12. DS3 isn't too bad, but DD has become quite emotionally volatile and a bit prone to flouncing.

I have two teenagers already (16 and 14) but somehow each stage seems more exhausting when the twins are going through it.

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 29-Jun-16 21:36:56

Having just survived a GCSE exam season with one child, I cannot imagine what it's going to be like when I have two (or even three) children doing public exams at the same time.

Katsite Thu 30-Jun-16 19:48:27

You 'll be a pro by the time the twins go through Gcses, thesecond!

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