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What age bracket do you find the hardest?

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fruitysmoothie Mon 24-Oct-16 16:44:29

I'm finding that the 3-4 age group is massively hard... backchat, constant talk, attitude, answering back, whining, asking for things ALL the time, purposely doing things they aren't supposed to be....

I love my DD to pieces but my goodness things have got hard!

CottonSock Mon 24-Oct-16 16:45:57

Same age as mine, I need an injection of patience when on my own with her and new baby.

fruitysmoothie Mon 24-Oct-16 17:16:43

Me too Cotton! And a glass of wine

FATEdestiny Mon 24-Oct-16 17:17:42

I was coming on to say 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 so not that different. I've done 12 years of parenting four children so far and that's my least favourite age.

FATEdestiny Mon 24-Oct-16 17:18:49

... and youngest is 25 months, so I have this stage just around the corner.

Sgoinneal Mon 24-Oct-16 17:20:24

Haha, my eldest is 3 and I love it. Harder but more rewarding than newborn. I am quite pleased to see mums of older kids affirm that some of the hardest bits are past. Not at all looking forward to having teenagers in case they are like me

BertrandRussell Mon 24-Oct-16 17:20:47

I asked my mum that once- she said she didn't know-she'd only been a mother for 55 years.....

SpeckledyBanana Mon 24-Oct-16 17:21:16

3-4. I would put DD on eBay right now. I felt the same way about DS at the same age.

I love babies, and all's well once they're in school, but preschoolers drive me potty.

(Disclaimer: I have no actual plans to sell my child.)

BabyGanoush Mon 24-Oct-16 17:22:21

Yeah, age2-4 is hardest

It then gets progressively better...


Oldest now 14, the challenges are different now grin

but I could not do the toddler stage again! Cute but exhausting.

ByeByeLilSebastian Mon 24-Oct-16 17:23:53

3-4 so far.

Eldest is 6 now and still is quite hard work, but at 3-4 I honestly felt so close to genuinely giving up.

LucyLocketLostIt Mon 24-Oct-16 17:25:57

Newborn for me. Both mine got progressively easier after that hell.

AGruffaloCrumble Mon 24-Oct-16 17:27:37

Just before 4 for me so far. I swear I could give DD1 to charity atm but they wouldn't get much for her.

CwtchMeQuick Mon 24-Oct-16 17:29:20

11 months - 2.5 for me. DS was a really chilled baby, the he hit 11 months and literally switched overnight into the most high maintenance tantrum throwing toddler. It was awful. He's 4.5 now and I'm finding parenting much easier, he's calmed down a bit since he learnt to talk. He's still constantly talking and on the go but I no longer have to have eyes in the back of my head.

DuckWaddle Mon 24-Oct-16 17:32:45

newborn definitely for me! Absolutely love the 3-4 age!

Happylandpirate Mon 24-Oct-16 17:34:25

My DSIS warned me "it's not the terrible twos you need to worry about.. it's the fucking 4s"!!! gringrin

BotBotticelli Mon 24-Oct-16 17:34:27

Agree - 10 months (when both mine started walking 😱 And trashing the house/placing themselves in mortal danger 18 times a day) until 2.5 when they could talk in proper sentences, be reasoned with/bribed and could walk down the street n cot to you without needing reins...!

Ds1 is almost 4 now and although he is a chippy argumentative little shit, it is infinitely preferable to the chaos of the young toddler phase imho.

Unfortunately DS2 is 15mo and in full "throw the remote control down the loo and dive headfirst into the traffic" phase at the moment so I am in the thick of it 😫😫

NoIsAnAnswer Mon 24-Oct-16 17:39:06

11-18 months.

3-4 years.

Or maybe I'm not cut out to be a parent! thlblush

NipSlipper Mon 24-Oct-16 17:39:17

I found the age from when they start walking (so it was 10 mtgs for my DS and 17 mths for my DD) until about 2.5-3 years old hard going grin.

Its that age hen they are mobile and demanding, but not very rational.

sofatrainer Mon 24-Oct-16 17:40:25

I can't say I'm loving 6, to be honest.

BellMcEnd Mon 24-Oct-16 17:42:01


Oh my God. DEFINITELY 3 hmm

MrsJayy Mon 24-Oct-16 17:42:52

Gosh here goes new born hard toddler easy peasy 5-9 piece of piss 9 -14 urgh 14-17 WTAF 18 phew done grin

BellaGoth Mon 24-Oct-16 17:43:00

Finding my 3.9 YO very hard work at the moment! He was even harder as a newborn though (reflux).

DD is a much easier baby, we'll have to wait and see how things pan out with her!

MrsJayy Mon 24-Oct-16 17:44:17

Take that back toddler easy peasy with what are you doing child bits

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Mon 24-Oct-16 17:44:30

My 4yo ds can be a nightmare. Cheeky, deliberately defiant, back chat etc. Then other times he's like a little angel hmm

Wheredidallthejaffacakesgo Mon 24-Oct-16 17:46:43

The current one smile

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