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July 31st, 2006, 06:38 AM
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What is everyone's biggest challenge raising widely spaced sibilings?



Mine is I don't think I spend enough quality time with Melissa since Mackenzie is a baby and needs me and daddy for everything. Right now Melissa is visiting her dad halfway across the country and getting his and her stepmother's complete attention since she is an only child on their side. Hopefully it won't be as bad when she comes back on Sunday since Mackenzie is playing more and able to keep herself entertained for little stretches. I know being a big sis will be more fun for her too because Mackenzie interacts with people a lot more than she did 2 months ago.
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July 31st, 2006, 06:51 AM
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I think that my biggest challenge is finding things to do that is fun for all of them. We went to a water park last weekend and it was hard to keep them all happy at the same time. Usually it is just me and the 2 girls(when the boys are at their moms house) and there is not much to do that is fun for an 8 year old and a 2 year old at the some time.
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July 31st, 2006, 07:52 AM
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Ditto on all of the above !!!!!!!
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July 31st, 2006, 02:21 PM
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hmmm.. biggest challenge would be dividing my time evenly among everyone and not making anyone feel left out
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July 31st, 2006, 04:50 PM
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I agree w/the first 2 posters. Its soo hard making everyone happy
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July 31st, 2006, 06:37 PM
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Count me in for one who has a hard time spending enough quality time with each of them and keeping both happy.

My newest challenge is puberty. DD has reached the beginning of it, while DS is still in those terrible 2-5's. at times, it is very hard to deal with both of them.
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July 31st, 2006, 08:34 PM
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Mine is Walker was the only child for so long. That now he sees someone else getting all the attention. And he has started to whine about everything to get attention.. even though we do pay ample attention to him..
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August 3rd, 2006, 02:18 PM
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I would have to agree that it is extremely hard to find something that both my 9 yr old and 3 yr old can do and when we do I have to watch the younger one so closely that my older one gets ignored.

The other issue we have is my 9 year old will hype up the 3 years old to the point she is running through the house like a wild animal and that doesn't happen when she is home alone!!!
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February 2nd, 2007, 01:46 PM
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It hasn't been too bad with the 18 year old and the 1 year old. Brandon pretty much entertains himself.
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February 2nd, 2007, 11:28 PM
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No real challenges yet. But I'm sure it's coming!
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February 3rd, 2007, 11:45 AM
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My challenge is not to treat Travis like another adult caregiver for Ben. I want him to be a brother, not a parent, and its hard somedays. Travis will watch Ben if I am making dinner and in the next room but he doesnt want to babysit, he says he is afraid of being in charge with us not in shouting distance and I want to respect that. and of course the time thing! Travis was an only child for so long, he is not used to having to share our focus.
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February 5th, 2007, 01:29 PM
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My challenge is not to treat Travis like another adult caregiver for Ben. I want him to be a brother, not a parent, and its hard somedays. Travis will watch Ben if I am making dinner and in the next room but he doesnt want to babysit, he says he is afraid of being in charge with us not in shouting distance and I want to respect that. and of course the time thing! Travis was an only child for so long, he is not used to having to share our focus.[/b]
I bet that is hard. I can't even imagine. I think that is great that he does help out there. We have asked Brandon to babysit one time but we did pay him as we would any sitter.
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February 10th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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I too don't spend enough time with my 10 year old. It's sad because we used to have a great relationship and things are a bit strained now.
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