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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 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'm so tired, feel so used up.

    ... No more energy left
    szeping szeping 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 8, 2015

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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!!!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 12, 2015

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    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 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 22, 2015

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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 27, 2015

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    Trying to comfort, calm down

    and talk to a teenager takes a lot of courage and tactful-ness.  The other night I had to talk to one of the kids about life and love but it didn't go well when she stopped crying and said "those are obviously TLC lyrics"
    DesiredUserNameandStuff DesiredUserNameandStuff 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 28, 2015

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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'm watching "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck",

    Kurt was such a tortured soul. We now know what was happening for him even when western medicine couldn't tell him. His stomach pain originated from his feelings of low self worth which came from giving his power away. His stomach pains then gave way to his self medicating...
    MsInvis MsInvis 46-50, F 2 Responses Dec 26, 2015

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    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 1 day ago

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    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 4 Responses Nov 11, 2015

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    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...
    tg70507 tg70507 41-45, F 4 Responses Dec 18, 2015

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    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.
    Countryroad15 Countryroad15 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 17, 2015

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    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 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 10

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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, 2015

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    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 4 Responses Aug 29, 2015

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    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 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 13, 2015

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    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...
    MzMecka1969 MzMecka1969 46-50, F 4 Responses Dec 27, 2015

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    You can only tell that this kid lives with me

    when her favorite musical artist is Kenny loggins...yep corruption succeeded
    DesiredUserNameandStuff DesiredUserNameandStuff 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 26, 2015

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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 18-21, M 6 Responses Sep 7, 2014

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    I like how the younger generation in my

    household think I that I have no idea what "Old Gregg" is, so they giggle and tell each other one-liners from that skit and the sad part is that I am fully aware what is but just act ignorant.
    DesiredUserNameandStuff DesiredUserNameandStuff 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 24, 2015

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    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

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    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....
    runeveryday runeveryday 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 21

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jul 23, 2015

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    "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 26-30 5 Responses Sep 10, 2015

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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 5 Responses May 2, 2015

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    It is and the results of our successs

    and failures are not that week or todays discipline. It is the years on that count.
    6boys1dad 6boys1dad 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 12, 2015

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    Teaching morals and ethics,

    yet standing back so they can learn from mistakes. Trying to guide and make a framework, yet not be inflexible. Giving your all to make sure you become redundant. What a curious mixture
    MumSarah MumSarah 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 23, 2015

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    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 26-30, F Nov 27, 2015

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    So I just watched "drunk history" with one of

    the kids, does this count as "educational programming"?
    DesiredUserNameandStuff DesiredUserNameandStuff 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 5, 2015

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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 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 5, 2014

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    Thy Lord hath decreed,

    that ye worship none save Him, and (that ye show) kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age with thee, say not "Fie" unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word. And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy, and say: My...
    abdel001 abdel001 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 10, 2015

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    All parents (myself included) can relate to

    this. Even when we said that we were ready to become parents, we were never as ready as we thought we were. Some of what we learned came from our parents and grandparents. The rest, we simply learned as we went along. And every time we thought we had all of the answers...
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 9, 2015

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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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    As my youngest son, Caleb,

    goes to pre-k for half a day, i have gone to the school to pick him up. I see the principal waiting for me by the school entrance and I walk with him inside the school -.- I go into his office and I see my oldest son, Rhys, in the office with another teacher. Long story short...
    kelseycakesx kelseycakesx 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 12, 2015

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    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 3 Responses Nov 28, 2015

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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
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 23, 2015

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    I'm not going to sugar coat this .

    ....it's freaking hard ! If you are a parent that cares about your child , wants to do right by them ...then it's hard ....... I see many people who think having babies is so wonderful , the birthing experience is so " beautiful" blah blah blah .... Let me tell ya something ...it...
    Chernobylplayground Chernobylplayground 36-40, F 4 Responses Sep 3, 2015

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    I woke up in the morning

    and started dancing and singing Wham's "wake me up before you go-go" making one of them say "Stop it you are scaring me!"
    DesiredUserNameandStuff DesiredUserNameandStuff 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 19

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    I raised my two children alone

    after a seven year marriage ended. I worked a job in retail as a store manager. I had to work 50 hour 6 day work weeks. I had no help raising my two kids from their deadbeat alcoholic mother. My ex cheated on me and left me to live a party lifestyle. I could have choose to walk...
    thebustierthebetter thebustierthebetter 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 25, 2015

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    You rolled your eyes

    so damn hard that superman didn't need to fly backwards to turn back time
    DesiredUserNameandStuff DesiredUserNameandStuff 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2015

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    One of my sons math grade is slipping.

    Not too bad, but it doesn't meet my husband's expectation. He gave him an ultimatum this morning. If he doesn't bring it up to an A by the end of this tri he will not compete in the up coming Judo championship and will pull him out of track, the two things that means the world...
    TulipBaby TulipBaby 41-45, F 12 Responses 2 days ago

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    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 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 21

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    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 3 Responses Oct 27, 2015

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    When our two kids were children,

    we took care of all their needs. As adults, we worry about all their needs.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 23, 2015

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