I Think Being a Parent Is the Most Difficult Job

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    They say being a single parent is the most

    difficult job. I disagree. Attempting to explain to your children why you're a single parent is the most difficult job.
    doomsdaysmores doomsdaysmores
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Feb 28, 2016

    So has anybody come up with A teen dictionary ?

    I could certainly use some definitions from time to time. Lol. I figured out what peeps are. But when things are bad they're good and if you're sick it's good to apparently
    dadnotbestfriend dadnotbestfriend
    36-40, M
    1 Response Mar 17, 2016

    My son is going away

    for 6 weeks and he's only 10. My heart bleeds and I constantly feels the need the cry. He's trying his best to assure me he will be fine and I'm trying my best not to cry. It's so hard, I can't sleep and can't eat.. :(
    SgBe SgBe
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 22, 2016

    I agree wholeheartedly!

    I have raised 4 kids with the last one turning 13 this next month and I barely have hair left or much patience anymore!
    azsixgun6646 azsixgun6646
    46-50, M
    1 Response Mar 27, 2016

    the little victories

    that go in my head when I don't have to dish out the dough for their school lunch....summer!!!
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 12, 2015

    Yeah, but also damn rewarding to see your kid

    grow and experience new things and develop her own personality and wit. I rather like it. She drives me crazy at times, but that's part of her charm. Awesome little girl!
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Nov 13, 2015

    My ex husband wants to live with me

    as co-parents for my daughter and go back to live with us in the Philippines. I am too puzzled about it. He even cancelled the court order to stop me to take my daughter out of the UK. I still have that feeling that he has other intention as well. He is a seafarer, so he wants...
    mabuhayka mabuhayka
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Nov 28, 2015

    I'm so tired, feel so used up.

    ... No more energy left
    szeping szeping
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Oct 8, 2015

    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
    18-21, M
    6 Responses Sep 7, 2014

    Had a really great discussion with my 13 yr old

    daughter on the train ride this morning. We discussed how important it is to step outside your comfort zone every now and then in life. I told her that my expectation of her is that she take full advantage of the opportunities that life affords her. And that if those...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 18, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Jul 8, 2013

    When our two kids were children,

    we took care of all their needs. As adults, we worry about all their needs.
    deleted deleted
    Nov 23, 2015

    Since our father died mom is doing

    so much more. working, cleaning, makign sure we are all good and healthy. I admire her so much for it. I admire every parent or parents who do so much for their children. God bless them all.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 17, 2015

    It's especially difficult to be a parent

    when my own parents were lousy. With everyday I hope I can reign in that lousy and give them what I didn't have. I'm so scared that I'm loosing that battle.
    KSprincess KSprincess
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Oct 27, 2015

    It's just me & my baby boy.

    How can you love someone so much one second, and then the next second you just wanna push mute for maybe 5 minutes. Even 3 minutes would be great. Lately Mr.Skylar has decided to throw very random, and by random I mean the most BIZARE temper tantrums ever! For example the...
    LexiLove18 LexiLove18
    18-21, F
    11 Responses Mar 4, 2016

    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
    2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

    For the last few days,

    the boys have been constantly fighting and they've had this negative attitude towards every single thing I say. Today, they have took apart the toilet paper holder to try and use it as a fighting weapon. Boys being boys , they did not know how to put it back into place so they...
    kelseycakesx kelseycakesx
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 22, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Oct 12, 2006

    This generation is so very mean

    and different than ours was. I have two teen girls that are good kids. They mostly have good friends but sometimes I'll hear something and try to advise them and my advise is all wrong. I asked my therapist, "why can't I reach them? I was their age and remember beating all the...
    Jennerrous Jennerrous
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Mar 31, 2015
    kwazzee kwazzee
    36-40, M
    Apr 20, 2016

    I thought I'd never be a mom.

    ...I thought I'd end up selfish and probably either a raging alcoholic or a complete psycho. Now, I am very, very happy and I'm both married as well as a mom. I have 5 children, and I have a 6th child that is being raised by her adoptive parents. So, 6 total- oh, but only 5...
    Fab5Mom Fab5Mom
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Mar 28, 2016

    Three year old shots.

    I highly regret not taking anyone with me. The amount of force I had to use to hold him down was mind blowing. The nurse held his legs between hers so he couldn't kick her, I held his arms down so he wouldn't scratch her, and I had to hold his head with my chin so he wouldn't...
    LexiLove18 LexiLove18
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 14, 2016

    i want to give a shout out to all the parents

    on here. You are all brave amazing and crazy folk. i recently stayed with my bff for 3 weeks and her 6month baby. it was such an eye-openimg experience. ive always thought parenting would be a tough gig, but it is one thing to know and another thing to experience. being a live...
    isshereal isshereal
    36-40, F
    Jan 10, 2016

    When I was pregnant, everyone felt the need to

    tell me all about their horrific child birth stories (scaring me half to death) , how hard it would be to cope with the physical demands of parenthood - the sleepless nights and/or the best ways to be a Mother - what I should or shouldn't do when baby is born. Nobody ever...
    AlreadyOwned7379 AlreadyOwned7379
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Aug 29, 2015

    It seems like all day I wait

    for him to take a nap, then as soon as he falls asleep I find it almost impossible not to wake him up and beg for cuddles. I heard a great little phrase a few days ago that I can't get out of my head. "The most important moments to be fully there for your child is 10 minutes...
    LexiLove18 LexiLove18
    18-21, F
    Mar 14, 2016

    "A worried mother does a better research

    than the FBI" It takes tremendous strength and resolve to allow your kids to suffer the consequences of their decision...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Sep 10, 2015

    It definitely is but it is worth it!

    !! I love my Daughter with all my heart, she is my world . I foolishly thought that parenthood would get easier as she got older but it hasn't, it's got harder...so much harder! Nobody tells you how much you'll worry about them from the day their born (even before that - from...
    AlreadyOwned7379 AlreadyOwned7379
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Feb 9, 2016
    dadwill dadwill
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Mar 15, 2016

    When it rains it freaking pours here.

    Up at 630 for track practice. Swimming after wards. "Im tired, im hungry, water is too cold, its hot, no she hit me first,no she started it," wtf. Why cant we just get along. Im trying to keep calm but finnaly snapped! I tell them oh its ok u ll get used to the water. U guys hug...
    emtDannny emtDannny
    46-50, M
    3 Responses May 2, 2015

    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
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Dec 5, 2014

    I am devastated right now.

    My son turned 18 hours ago and he told me last night that he is movin in with his girlfriends family. We have always been super close but about a year ago he started using drugs. Mostly pot but experimented with other things. I caught him driving high a week ago and we got into...
    LM1973 LM1973
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 30, 2016

    Since the days of my childhood,

    long long ago, since the days I have vague memories about, there are things I had been blaming my parents about, In my small circle of thoughts, with my little knowledge of things. And today, when I am a father, unknowingly doing the same things my father use to do. I feel...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 9, 2016

    My 17 year old son is dealing with a lot in his

    life right now. His best friend overdosed on drugs and his dad found him dead sitting on the toilet the next morning. His funeral is tomorrow. He's had this on his mind since it happened he hasn't been able to stay a whole day at school yet.
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Mar 4, 2016

    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

    I am the parent of a very challenging 17 year

    old daughter. As I type this out I am saddened to tears by the way she treats me. I've been going through this with her since she was 12. That's when she started to push away from me. No matter how hard I tried to keep control of the situation. I soon learned that I wasn't in...
    B9nnieJean B9nnieJean
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Jan 21, 2016

    Parenting is a full time job

    and at times it can be difficult and most of all very rewarding.... Don't let your children control you (situation or emotions). One day, you'll look back and wish you had done this or that, but trust; they will appreciate you stuck to your guns when they're older
    notAloneWithYou notAloneWithYou
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Apr 6, 2016
    dadwill dadwill
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Mar 15, 2016

    I have no kids of my own yet,

    but I understand that it takes a lot to raise kids. You are taking care of someone from infancy, to help them through everything, to teach them things, and to become a decent person. It takes a lot of hard work and it can be a challenge at times, but it is worth it to see your...
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    Nov 27, 2015

    It's early to be worrying about these things.

    .. but I still think about it. I wonder if I will be a good mother. Thinking about a small baby who is completely dependant on me for years is scary. I feel like I won't have any idea what to do.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 19, 2016

    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
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 23, 2015

    I have 2 daughters and their father

    and I split up several years ago. I moved out of state and we decided that I take one daughter while he has the other. They are ages 2 and 4. My family sometimes makes comments about my being a bad mother or that I will "lose her" later on because she is so young and I am still...
    wingedjaguar wingedjaguar
    26-30, F
    Nov 27, 2015

    Yessss!!! Especially to a very very confident

    black male!! My son is so self assured at everything he does and it runs some folks the wrong way!! White women teachers have a uncanny hate for my son and boy it shows!!! Not all but a few and he makes mention about them!! He tells me everything they say to him and it ain't...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Dec 27, 2015

    Disclaimer: If you're going to be critical

    and/or not helpful, then please don't respond or message me. For everyone who is non judgmental and can offer suggestions, please continue reading. I am a single parent who has been co sleeping with my 15 month old pretty much since she came home from the hospital. We did a...
    lildiva89 lildiva89
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Dec 18, 2015

    I know it shouldn't make me sad,

    but today thinking about my kids getting older bummed me out! I used to hate when people told me to enjoy it because time goes so fast.....it's really true!! Need to slow down and enjoy each stage....
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 21, 2016

    I need help. I have a six year old daughter

    that hasn't seen or talked to her dad in 2 1/2 years. She always asks me why she doesn't see him anymore but I can't exactly tell her that her dad just stopped calling. I can't tell her that her dad is just a piece of sh*t that stopped caring. I know that children will always...
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Jul 23, 2015

    But my child just did something

    that let me know I'm doing this at least partially right. He just said "chocobo." I am so proud right now
    PraiseBeToYevon PraiseBeToYevon
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Nov 11, 2015

    Im am the mother of my teenage daughter

    who has struggled through these long years with living with bery little to mo memory of abuse by her Father who not only so far has gotten away with abusing her but also was given primary custodu! little does her father know! The truth will one day make it out! being he was...
    mbbeck67 mbbeck67
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 28, 2016
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