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<Sob> Temporarily overwhelmed by DS1 and 2

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BoffinMum Mon 05-Aug-13 12:44:49

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.

dementedma Tue 20-Aug-13 21:10:08

Ds is 11 and has feet like canal boats already. God knows what size they will be when he is finally done. They stink too!

monikar Tue 20-Aug-13 10:53:22

And he regularly washes his hands and applies hand cream because it aids his gaming

This has made me laugh - I have heard it all now grin .

alistron1 Mon 19-Aug-13 22:37:43

To be fair his flippers don't smell. And he regularly washes his hands and applies hand cream because it aids his gaming. And people say computer games are bad.

alistron1 Mon 19-Aug-13 22:36:05

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.

CatsAndTheirPizza Mon 19-Aug-13 22:26:41

Feet. Can someone help me out here? He's not even a teen yet, but dear God [cheese]grin

alistron1 Mon 19-Aug-13 22:16:34

This evening my teens have been listing their various physical ailments. Between them they allegedly need cosmetic toe surgery, cosmetic dentistry and access to a ventilator.

They're still awake and I'm hiding in order to avoid being subjected to Lady GaGa's new video again.

Labro Mon 19-Aug-13 20:13:19

I've lent my 11yr old ds to his grandparents, as I have 3 brothers theres no chance of him winding my mother up!

Sparklingbrook Mon 19-Aug-13 14:50:42

DS1 is such a tightwad secret, the more he has the less he wants to spend. angry

secretscwirrels Mon 19-Aug-13 14:39:46

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?

dementedma Mon 19-Aug-13 13:16:08

ah, i wish I was still young enough to know everything...

Sparklingbrook Mon 19-Aug-13 12:11:30

He wanted a KFC at the weekend. I said fine as long as he paid for it. suddenly he wasn't so keen.....

Parsnipcake Mon 19-Aug-13 12:08:10

So maybe he should buy you dinner/ pay for stuff? That will soon shut him up.

Sparklingbrook Mon 19-Aug-13 11:16:57

DS1 has a paper round. He pointed out that he earns more than me. hmm

outtolunchagain Mon 19-Aug-13 11:15:42

Alistron you have my sympathies , I am deputy head of finance for a fairly large charity however apparently I have wasted my degree from a top 4 University as all I do is basic data angry

Sparklingbrook Mon 19-Aug-13 09:41:23

He's not 140 he's 14. I am 140. grin

Sparklingbrook Mon 19-Aug-13 09:39:08

DS1 (140 is up. shock And in the shower. shock shock This is not the norm. <mildly panics>

Poor you with your boring and wasted life alistron. sad

alistron1 Mon 19-Aug-13 09:22:58

Last night I had a nice chat with DD2, she's on a 15 year old woe is me roll at the moment. She was very nice about it, but basically I have wasted my life and am very boring plus I'm rubbish at making hot chocolate. And she was very disappointed that her breakfast was late yesterday morning. You see I had the temerity to speak to MY mother on the phone. When DD2 is grown up I don't need to bother to phone her because she'll be too busy doing important stuff like making breakfast to talk.

It was a most instructive chat, and I am grateful to have the benefit of her advice ;)

mathanxiety Mon 19-Aug-13 01:48:25

Dementedma, yesterday, at the behest of DD2's hysterical request at about 12.45 am, I killed what we both thought was the biggest spider ever, only to discover it was DD2's eyelashes on the floor near her bed.

LOL at 'baby birds chirping for food' -- that is exactly how DS described them all when I got home from work a few weeks ago. They were congregated in the kitchen, having eaten their way through the fridge and all the boxes of crackers and breakfast cereal during the day and demolished a pan of brownies DD4 had made for herself.

I have to say though, I don't let people eat in their rooms.

Weirdly enough, they all shower.

Two of them off to university next week!!!
<fist pump, and yessssss>

secretscwirrels Sun 18-Aug-13 19:47:53

Mine craft is fine as games go. It's the sheer lengthy of time they spend on them. It's their bodies I worry about not their brains grin

CatsAndTheirPizza Sun 18-Aug-13 18:37:19

I'm not sure why people have such a downer on some games either. All three of my boys use Minecraft and use it to create amazing buildings all the time. I don't see how it can't be benefitting their little brains.

outtolunchagain Sun 18-Aug-13 17:56:31

Sorry not hokey , should have read holiday

outtolunchagain Sun 18-Aug-13 17:55:54

Really fed up today ,sick of running around cooking ,washing,cleaning shopping while they sit on their backsides doing nothing. Dh on holiday this week and has organised a few fun outings but you would think we had asked them to run a marathon the way they are behaving,if it doesn't include food or computers they are not interested hmm

In addition we are organising a once in a lifetime hokey at Xmas visiting relatives in another part of the world and all they can do is moan or look as about excited as a trip to the supermarket had been suggested confused

MissStrawberry Sun 18-Aug-13 16:33:30

I have a boy of 12, a ten year old girl and a baby boy of 8.

DS1 has been a PITA for about a year now. Rude, cheeky, eye rolling computer obsessive. Pants left in jeans which always have one leg inside out. Wears clean pants to sleep in then another clean pair for the day. Forever leaving a sock around the house and seems unaware he is only wearing one. Not too bad with leaving pots or drinks bottles in his room and I have told him he isn't allowed to eat in his room. Not so good at putting clean clothes in the right drawers. This has meant at least once I went out and bought new underpants only to crack and tidy out his drawers and find loads. He is forever saying he doesn't have any pants or pyjamas when actually he has just shoved all his clothes in one drawer.

DD has been stroppy looks could kill for a few weeks now and it is a bit of a surprise it has started so young as she is a very mature lovely girl.

DS2 has started the one sock and putting clothes away in the wrong drawer too and I also bought pants it turned out he didn't need yet.

None probably shower enough but they aren't smelly so not too fussed. Tried to tell them at least every other day they should see water (DS2 showers most mornings actually) but they do need reminding all the time.

I worry about the amount of screen time my children have too (ds has a lap top, ipod and mp3 player)(DD has a kindle and mp4 player)(DS2 doesn't have anything but does have access to the home computer) but then I try and tell myself I am on this a lot and watch tv plus DS1 is incredible on the computer and has written code/computer programmes/games etc so it has been good for his development and learning options as well as his self esteem.

Sometime I feel I have been influenced by posters and not always for the better as it means I have trusted my own instincts a lot less.

Shodan Sun 18-Aug-13 15:57:06

At least I don't need to worry about my food stocks being depleted with ds1 (17)-unless it's the crisps. How he's got to 6 foot I don't know. hmm

He makes me laugh though- I frequently hear him nagging ds2 (5) to lift the seat when weeing. The number of times I told him to do the exact same thing when he was 5 and up! I tell him this now and he denies it furiously. Ditto washing his hands, not swinging on door handles... the list goes on.

monikar Sun 18-Aug-13 15:30:25

Oh gosh, this is so true! My DD was telling me something she had written in a GCSE exam with really obscure vocabulary - when I had finished basking in the fact that she is so articulate, I asked how she knew these words and then my bubble burst when it was from one of her many games.

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