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What part of parenting have you found the hardest so far (eg sleeping through the night, teething, starting school etc)What are you dreading in the future? (eg school, romances, technology, college etc)?
Hmm.. I don't know that there is any one thing. There are "current" things for me. I think every stage, phase, age, etc has its own unique set of hard things. Potty training was a breeze with my first, not too difficult with my second, and my third is already starting to get the hang of it so it's looking to be fairly easy with her as well. Teething is always a B! But only because you can't take their pain away and it sucks. Teaching them manners or even colors is frustrating at times because you don't know if they're "getting it" until they just really get it.
Right now, my current hardest thing is the whining with my two year old and the attitude with my almost 12 year old. My toddler whines allllllll day it seems like right now. I remember this phase with the other two, but it never gets any easier lol My 12 year old has this attitude that makes me want to scream at regular intervals throughout the day. Perhaps with my already whining and screaming toddler. Then we can all just get our frustrations together!
My son right now is fantastic. Wish the other two would take note lol
That's a good point tasks. Every age and stage has its challenges.
Right now I'm dreading potty training. I honestly thought Jake would never get it. He just didn't click! It was so frustrating.
Harry is ready to train, but is resisting any mention of the potty, so I'm leaving it until later this month!
Jake is turning 7 next week and is starting to transition to wanting more independence. He asked if he needed to hold my hand while we are out. I never even considered that he was too old for that, and of course he is quite capable of walking on his own! It caught me by surprise and I feel I need to rethink what I expect from him, both in terms of independence, but also responsibility. He has chores and is good at them, but things like getting him a drink when he asks. He is able to do it himself, I don't need to keep doing it!
I am not ready!!!
Something else that I am thinking ahead to is his attitude to relationships. I think that may be another thread, but with the prevelance of porn in the current generation, I've been thinking about what I can do to influence his attitudes now and not have social media, peer pressure and the internet teach him his values and expectations from relationships.