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I Think Being a Parent Is the Most Difficult Job

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    I have four wonderful children.

    Two boys; two girls. Three are grown; my youngest is 11. They are each their own person (as they should be) and each has their own issues. Recently, I was injured and am temporarily unable to walk or drive. I've had a PICC line inserted in my arm and am in IV antibiotics for...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 7

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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    It has sure been a hectic Monday.

    My 13 yr old has had an attitude, my 10 yr old doesn't want to listen, and my 9 yr old twins keep running through the house waking up the babies. Gah! Is it bed time yet?!?!
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 6

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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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    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 41-45, M 4 Responses May 2

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    http://www.dailymail.

    co.uk/news/article-2258877/Chinese-father-hires-virtual-hitman-kill-son-online-games--job.html this has to be the best idea ever
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 22

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    the little victories

    that go in my head when I don't have to dish out the dough for their school lunch....summer!!!
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 12

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    I am having a difficult time finding things

    for my children to do during the day this summer. They are 15, 13 and 11. Some days they swim in our pool. But other than that, they aren't being very productive with their time or doing anything constructive. They have some chores, and they are doing them. I feel bad...
    kcyata kcyata 41-45, F 5 Responses Jun 14

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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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    My friend has been talking to me non-stop over

    her ex not paying his child support, I don't know what else to say...while my situation is not similar. .. I think the only advice I gave her was " just shrug it off, the money makes it easier but you can't expect an irresponsible person to all of a sudden want to be...
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 1 Response May 11

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    God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit,

    unconditional love, being kind to anyone at anytime, taking care of one-self (like exercise or talking with a good friend or treating myself to a pedicure from time to time), second chances, not shaming kids, teens or adults, ever! Negative beliefs: I believe I am a bad parent...
    Crystal159 Crystal159 51-55, F 2 Responses Jun 5

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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 just turned 26 and my husband of 4 months is

    39, but I've lived with him for almost a year. From his first marriage he has 3 daughters, Maggie (17), Quincy (16), Janelle (15), and they are with us on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Don't get me wrong, I love them with all my heart, but having teens is brutal! They're...
    KittyCatCarly KittyCatCarly 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 19

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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 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2014

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    I have a 10 year old son.

    11 later this year. It's so hard. Pre-teen hormones suck.
    VineGal VineGal 41-45, F 5 Responses Jun 14

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    Myself and my daughter used to be close

    but since she turned 18 she moved in with her boyfriend, changed her phone number and deleted all her social network sites. she has turned her back on all her family and friends, no one has seen or heard from her in 3 months. He is the possessive and controlling type. He has no...
    Primrose49 Primrose49 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 24

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    parenting realization #679: the older your kids

    get, the harder and more expensive their birthdays become
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 6 Responses Jun 30

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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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    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 2 Responses Oct 25, 2014

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    parenting qualms #67:

    when my stepdaughter was 8 she used to throw the biggest fit that we didn't let her go swimming with her legs tied together because she wanted to be a "mermaid"...I guess logic doesn't trump "imagination" in a child's mind...guess this makes me 'evil'.
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 1 Response May 13

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    I have a daughter that seems to thrive on being

    the person who likes to try and ruin things if they are not about her or her friends or bf. We have my other daughters wedding this weekend and already she is being negative I just hope she does nothing to ruin this for my other daughter. It is so bad that no one ever asks or...
    granny1969 granny1969 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    I am a mother of 3 grown girls.

    I have spent the last couple of years crying because of one or the other. I really think something snapped in their brain, it is like when they became adults they just threw me away, when I say that I am talking about is that we used to be close and now we don't even talk...
    granny1969 granny1969 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 19

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    bad parent tip #6457: one time

    when my husband went out for the night I fed the kids with chocolate and ice cream for dinner...yes...I fed 2 teenage kids chocolate and ice cream for dinner
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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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 4 Responses Jul 8, 2013

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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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    it hurts me deeply when my mom says "who needs

    to learn about parenting. the child is the one who had to understand their parents." I'm closing my heart to my parents now, and it makes me want to die. I really want to be open with them, I want them to know about my life, but each time I said something, my mom turns to...
    whitenut whitenut 13-15, F 2 Responses May 26

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    You know a few people have told me

    that I have loved my girls too much. Maybe I have and that is why. I would think that they would be happy they have a mother that thinks the world of them but I think at least one of my kids like to trash talk me so they can fit in the crowd. I guess it is not cool to have a...
    granny1969 granny1969 46-50, F Jun 19

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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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    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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    When I was little I was told 'look

    after your brother.' Its a job I did as best I could. I was only 4/5 but I remember standing at the school gates saying "mum says get this from the shops on the way home" or "we got to go to so and so's as mum is picking us up from there." Tucking in his shirt as it came out...
    moyesp moyesp 51-55 2 Responses Jul 16

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    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...
    lovewildnfree lovewildnfree 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 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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    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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    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 Aug 26, 2014

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    I have days where I regret having children.

    I didn't know what I was getting myself into! I just never realized how difficult this was and how exhausted I would be all the time! There are so many days I wish I would die, for my children's sake, so that their dad could get remarried and then they would have a good...
    kcyata kcyata 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 5

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    Our son is a Drug addict.

    We have known this for several years. We have gotten him out of jail on bond once, let him sit there for 3 months once and now we are letting him sit there again but hired an attorney so that we can have that attorney try to force him into re-hab instead of court appointed...
    jcarite jcarite 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 14

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    There are certain sacrifices we give in order

    to be an effective parent, this includes sanity, time and intimacy
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 2

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    My two teens are great kids,

    but they both have special needs. My oldest, who is 19, struggles with depression and anxiety and social anxiety. So much so that he could not graduate from high school this year (graduation is next week). My 16 year old has ADHD and a learning disability and anxiety and...
    Crystal159 Crystal159 51-55, F 1 Response Jun 5

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    I love my adult children

    and granchildren and i don't mind helping them out but sometimes I just want to...(stay calm)....tell them even though I have alot of free time , that doesn't mean I want to play Cinderella all the time. I need time for myself. Im going through alot emotionally and trying to...
    goodwitch011070 goodwitch011070 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    Honestly yep. Heck it's hard enough being an

    uncle. But lets not make that an excuse for child whippers to get away with hitting their kids in the name of "discipline"
    BaReFooTSexy BaReFooTSexy 26-30, M Jun 4

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    My son is 15 and of course,

    he thinks he has all the answers!! Today when I was making breakfast for my youngest, I opened the silverware drawer only to find a cracked egg in it, raw of course! All over everything, and a dirty measuring cup! So of course I was upset and started yelling. I never found out...
    kcyata kcyata 41-45, F 10 Responses Jul 9

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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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    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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    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 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 31

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