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I Think Being a Parent Is the Most Difficult Job

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    My 17 year old Daughter Self Harms

    and It is breaking my heart…I just don’t know how to cope with it. I guess looking back she has always been an Anxious/Shy Child. She suffers with Chronic Social Anxiety now. She's always struggled to make friends and has never ever had any real...best friends. When she...
    AlreadyOwned7379 AlreadyOwned7379 36-40, F 5 Responses Jun 14

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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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    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 5 Responses Mar 5

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Is it the latest thing to raise kids to be

    ********? And Is this because ******** seem to be the most successful adults? I swear people are raising their kids this way on purpose.
    Jillianxotix Jillianxotix 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 21

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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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    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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    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?!?!
    babeluvs6n2 babeluvs6n2 46-50, F 4 Responses Apr 6

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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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    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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    I went grocery shopping today (exciting life).

    ..I saw this guy pushing a cart with 4 little girls around him, all of them were like "dad""daddy" "dad" "dad!"...he looked up at me with a look of "help me" on his face...it was epic...
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 28

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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 3 Responses Mar 8

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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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    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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    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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    I have a 9 year old son soon to be 10 year old

    next month. I have been a single Mother to him all his life. He's never really had any really good male role models in his life besides my brother who is gay and the person he has been with for the last 13 years. He knows of both of them as being great Uncles and doesn't even...
    Girlmeetsworld83 Girlmeetsworld83 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 12

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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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    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 6 Responses May 2

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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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    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...
    Recruiter2008 Recruiter2008 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 7

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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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    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 a week ago

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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 1 day ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Social media makes parenting

    so much harder in today's society. My parents didn't have to worry about online bullying, predators, inappropriate messages and pics. All the fancy communication and picture apps sure brings parenting to a new level. No matter how much trust I have in my daughter, I'm not...
    Macy21 Macy21 36-40, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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