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August 18th, 2013, 11:37 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: SW Ontario, Canada
Moms with older kids, I need help!
I've lost all control in my house and I don't know how to get it back. I don't ask for a lot from my kids around the house, but I do ask for some simple tasks to be done such as putting away their own laundry, picking up their own garbage/mess, setting the table, putting away dishes and most recently we've tried to get DD1 to start helping wash some dishes, just the cutlery, plates and cups.
Recently when I ask my kids to go do something they "tell" me what they are going to do instead. When I try to make them do what I asked them to do they whine, cry, throw a tantrum, stomp their feet and slam doors. I can't put up with that behaviour during the day because DH works nights and is sleeping, their fits wake him up.
It doesn't even have to be chores that they do this with, I told them they had been in front of the computer too long today and asked them to go outside and play, it's beautiful out there. My oldest said, I'm not going outside, I'll have a nap instead and proceeded to stomp up the stairs and slam the door.
I'm seriously hoping I'm not the only one who has ever lost control of her kids because I keep getting from people in my parent's generation "oh my kids never behaved like that, when I told them to do something they did it" and all my irl friends have kids closer to DS's age and haven't gone through this.
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