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I Think Being a Parent Is the Most Difficult Job

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    Well, yeah... it's difficult.

    It's very hard to find the time and energy to give all that I know I should to the two little ones that need it.  I find that a lot of the time, while I love them very much, I don't really like them.  I desperately want to be my own person - something more than just a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 12, 2006

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    I watch a 7 month old

    and I can see how much work my mom went through with all 4 of us!!!
    ashleysokolik ashleysokolik 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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    Nothing Prepares You ...

    Becoming a parent is something no other life experience can really prepare you for.  Having a child is such a huge life changing event.  I thought when I was younger that I would be able to carry on with my life pretty much as usual once I had a child.  Little did...
    womaninbliss womaninbliss 51-55, F 8 Responses Jul 13, 2009

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    what I hear when I get home: "we are out of

    tampons, even though you bought 2 boxes yesterday" "she was on the computer longer than me!" "I'm going to fill your DVR up with my pretty little liars" "aunt XXX's kids got laptops for christmas! why can't we each get a laptop?"
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    Being the Best Mom In the World

    Through the years I have made many plans for the future. There were so many things that I knew I wanted to accomplish in my life. I was going to travel and discover new places, meet exotic people and make a real difference in the world. As life would have it though, I would give...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 16, 2007

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    Why is it that it makes me mad

    when my 8 year old cries over getting in trouble (because he should have known better, right?) but when my five year old cries, he sounds like an infant and it breaks my heart. Maybe it's the difference in their demeanor? I, in no way, want to make my older child feel less than...
    notyourgirlfriday notyourgirlfriday 31-35, F 6 Responses Jun 16, 2014

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    Oh how I love my baby boy!

    !! I also love it when he goes to visit family for a few days when Mommy needs a break. Stay strong Mommies and Daddies !
    girlznglitter girlznglitter 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    I hate having to go to work

    when my Littles are sick. Breaks my heart that I can't hold them as they sleep away their sickness. My only comfort is that they have an amazing Daddy who loves them more than life.
    Missjayne1 Missjayne1 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 5, 2014

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    Sometimes I feel like my kids get in the way of

    what I want to do for myself. That makes me feel like I'm being selfish. I'm going to try this: do what I want to do and just let them follow me around. That's what they do anyway, right? They aggravate me but if I can power through that with meditation and mantras, that will...
    TrumaMTalem TrumaMTalem 36-40, F Jan 30

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    I have two girls and they can almost be to much

    sometimes... I don't always know how to handle things anymore
    HouseMommy HouseMommy 36-40, F 5 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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    The Choice of a Lifetime

    I don't know where I heard it or who said it, so i can't give the due credit (and I won't take credit for it myself), but when choosing to become a parent you are choosing to forever go through life with your heart walking around outside your body...I truly believe this is the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 21 Responses Jul 23, 2008

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    today the kids had a visit with their mom,

    through the many visits this ended up being the worst one..the kids ran out their room just crying...I don't want to be mean, but I don't really respect their mom at all as she never really accepted responsibility about what happened and how they ended up in foster care...
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 8

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    Being a parent fcking sucks 90 percent of the

    time ... Letsssssss be honest
    Sanonymous1 Sanonymous1 31-35, M Dec 19, 2014

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    today when I got home,

    my 14 year old niece came up to me to tell me she has a boyfriend...*sigh*..strangle me now
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    I hope that all parents understand

    that the criminals on tv use to be a kid at some point In time (crazy right?).. NEVER think "oh my kid wouldn't do that" because I've heard multiple parents including my mom who has said that, but they don't know the half of it. A few tips from my point of view : -Listen to...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 6 Responses Sep 7, 2014

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    Thank God for Fridays.

    ........no sport.......no home work.......
    cimky cimky 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 8, 2014

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    My son is 14 and is on the Aspergers spectrum,

    struggles with anxiety and OCD. We are seeing a professional to help support him and try to make his life easier. At times my heart breaks for him. We have strategies in place to help us all get thru the day. Today though is a tough one.
    verityspice verityspice 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 5, 2014

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    Two teenagers and a nine year old.

    Who knew teens could be so hard????!!!!
    tnjjj tnjjj 46-50, F 3 Responses Mar 1

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    so i'm a parent to two teenage girls (long

    story...but they are my nieces that were in foster care and now live with me)..they told me today that their mom is pretty much harassing them about their experiences with "boys".I told them if they didn't feel comfortable about discussing it with her they don't have to..they...
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 28

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    some times we are rewarded with gems like

    these my sons friend says to me-can I call you Sue? me- you can call me whatever you want. it's up to me if I respond. friend- I'm going to call you "legends of awesomeness " me- you can call me that anytime!!! kids are great. :)
    Missjayne1 Missjayne1 31-35, F Nov 27, 2014

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    Sooooo Tired...

    When you're expecting your first child, they warn you that you will not get much sleep. I think "they" take perverse pleasure in your impending misery. But my son turned out to be really easy. Just one feeding around 3 AM that didn't go on for more than 1/2 an hour. Even...
    hellosailor hellosailor 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 13, 2006

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    uggghh..I totally hate teenagers!

    !! they think they are so smart but guess what?! I'm 10 times craftier because I was a teen too!! granted it was a long time ago but I know all the tricks!!!
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 6 Responses Mar 5

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    It's a wonder we don't all go mad.

    My kids are out for Christmas break. I love them and they are precious, but if you are in this experience, I'm pretty sure you know what I mean.
    notyourgirlfriday notyourgirlfriday 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 26, 2014

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    today one of the kids boyfriends came over to

    meet us today, I can tell she felt awkward....we felt awkward...she sat there holding hands with him...ugh, where is the 11 year old kid I once knew?
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 8

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    Difficulties of Parenting

    I'm a mother to a wonderful, beautiful 14 month old boy, whom I love more than I can ever express in words.  He is my everything and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a mother in the first place. Yet I can't get over how difficult it is to always be a good...
    blueangel blueangel 26-30, F 33 Responses Jul 13, 2006

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    Of course it is. It should be.

    A lot of time you're just busy doing what comes next, and then there are times you look at your child and it blows you away. You made this. You gave this life. It depends on you for everything....not just the basics of food and shelter...not even just love...Everything. How to...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 25, 2014

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    I'm not a parent, but I know I was a little ****

    as a kid. Same with my sister.
    xangex xangex 22-25, F Jan 31

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    If There Were a Manual That Ca...

    if there were a manual that came with your children, each manual would be different. my daughter and son are complete opposites and neither are like me when i was a child. i have no idea if what i am doing is the right thing to do. i try so hard not to screw up their lives, but i...
    lostcancerian lostcancerian 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 26, 2007

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    Why is it that when my stepson comes to visit,

    my husband turns into a different person?
    lonelyinut lonelyinut 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 23, 2014

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    yesterday one of my nieces told me (without any

    prompting) that she will scoop the cat box...I literally wanted to faint. These are the same teens that will smash cheetos into the carpet to avoid picking it up.
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 22

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    No doubt, it probably is.

    Let us consider why: It requires you to either get pregnant or have to deal with that of a hormonal woman and she may not look as good as she did before and birth is scary. If you choose to adopt you have to wait a long time, fill out papers, and go through that process. You...
    4NeonFun 4NeonFun 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 21, 2014

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    so the other day I asked the 15 year old to

    boil a pot of water (simple task right?) while I get changed out of my work clothes..she puts a pot of water on the stove and turns on the gas with no flame...so for half an hour it was spewing gas ....sometimes I think they are trying to kill me
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 7 Responses Feb 27

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    Being "mommy"

    I think being a mom really is the hardest job out there, but also the most wonderful. I love my kids to death, idk anyone who doesn't love their kids. And when you have to see them hurt or sad, it completely breaks your heart. Whenever my son gets something as small as an ear...
    amandamarie2490 amandamarie2490 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2010

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    Being a parent is a 24/7 job.

    And you are never sure if you are doing it right or wrong. It is the most generous job in the world. I would give my life for my kids.
    pacodad pacodad 70+, M 1 Response Mar 7

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    My Favorite Job!

     For me being a mom is being everything. It is a very difficult, But rewarding as well. I also do all the work raising my childern. I don't mind. Yes it is sometimes more then overwhelming at times then others, But  it always works out. I have the most...
    akaaka akaaka 36-40 4 Responses May 10, 2008

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    Ive Had Tons Of Jobs But Being A Mom Is The Hardest

    I ALWAYS WANTED A CHILD BUT NOT ALONE TO DO BY MYSELF.AS A FAMILY...BUT LIFE ISNT A RIDE U CONTROL YOU JUST GRAB THE BAR AND HOPE IT DOESNT SPIN OR FLIP YOU OUT OR GET STUCK.MY SON IS A GIFT FROM GOD AND A MIRACLE.BUT SOMEDAYS I AM ANNOYED.SOMEDAYS I CRY.SOMEDAYS I WANNA LEAVE...
    prettytasty prettytasty 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 15, 2010

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    It's probably one of the main reasons

    why I don't want children.
    rumblingheart rumblingheart 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    lucky me!! woke up with the sniffles from my

    girls. one staying home from school again. I feel like crap. <3 mommy love <3
    FinnAhGinn FinnAhGinn 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2014

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    Being a parent is hard especially

    if your a breastfeeding mom with a teething baby but there are more ups then downs
    bellaXbelieves bellaXbelieves 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 22

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    Laundry, laundry, and more laundry.

    What are you Moms doing on this beautiful Sat afternoon???
    jlopez1 jlopez1 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    trickser trickser 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    Parenthoood.... So Many Challenges

    Being a parent is the absolute hardest job there is on this planet. No one can ever be fully prepared for what challenges being a parent presents.... The love I feel for my kids is unmeasurable, it cannot be put into words. It is so deep and so true, it is scary to think there is...
    LifesCraziness LifesCraziness 41-45 3 Responses Jul 8, 2013

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    I love my kids dearly

    but my God I am being tried tonight. Moody teenagers and an Aspergers son on top of it. Just want to run away from home sometimes, lol. 😁
    verityspice verityspice 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    One of the things I fear the most is the

    responsibility of being a mother. although maternity seems to be a really good thing, I wonder If I will ever be able to do it
    OxymoronAya OxymoronAya 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    I have a 5 months n it look like her daddy

    don't like her coz he never want to do Ntn for her n its pudding me off so bad , we r always fighting . What can I do
    flbabes flbabes 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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    so my niece has a friend

    who has an extremely weird mom, we always have a rule where we have to meet the parents prior to "hanging out"...we met her mom and thought it was "ok" and exchanged numbers (that's the parent thing to do , right?)...couple hours later her mom is just texting some insane cryptic...
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F Feb 16

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    Its more difficult than handling 25 people.

    My son is a good kid but can be a brat too. Of course i have to make sure he'll be guided.
    Elleshore81 Elleshore81 31-35, F 3 Responses