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I Think Being a Parent Is the Most Difficult Job

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    I have 3 children and 3 step children

    and brought them all up. Only the youngest is at home now and will soon fly the nest. What I have learnt is that because they are all different, they each have different needs and needed disciplining in different ways. My daughter was never grounded - she just had her hair...
    Nix59 Nix59 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 22

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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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    I Was A Mom....

    I was a mom... Oh I'm still a mom but my kids are 28 & 35. My 35 has 2 sons... And is so distant from me & I dont get the grandsons EVER. Its sad, yes, but its cause she married a controlling guy who's own mother controlled his life. Watching him (mis)treat his son in front of...
    LostOutLoud LostOutLoud 51-55, F Dec 7, 2012

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    Long Hours, Priceless Pay.

    I am just now getting to bed. I have been up for the past 49 hours, either working, or at home. My son Cole has a cold. He may say he's too have me drop him off at school, but not too old to be tucked in when he's sick:) I am so tired that I am literally pinching myself to stay...
    Tropicana55 Tropicana55 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 22, 2012

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    Something To Make You Chuckle.

    To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students... Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children...
    sharossody sharossody 70+, F 4 Responses Jul 17, 2011

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    Because I Said So!

    Why do  I have to listen to u all the time MOM? (asked my daughter) Because IM YOUR MOM! ( I answered) Your my Mom,but, U are not always right you know? ( said my daughter again ) yes,maybe ,but for the meantime,you have to listen and do what I say because I know whats right...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses May 13, 2011

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    I Am Sorry, Son, That I Am Your Mom.

    My son is now three. While he was in utero, I did not work. I saved $30k from my job and lived off it. We had a great time together. I read to him, sang to him... I even listed to CD's that would connect me to him. My pregnancy was great after the second month. Hormonal...
    lisaandshasta123 lisaandshasta123 41-45 4 Responses Sep 6, 2013

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    Im afraid i spoiled my child.

    I guess because I have always liked seeing him happy so much. And he is such a good natured & cooperative boy :) But now its hard for him to handle his hard times. He does not have a tolerance for it. Even just being bored he gets real ornery.
    Stefunie Stefunie 46-50, F 1 Response May 10

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    Busy Busy Busy

    I am a single mom of 3 kids. I have never been more proud of anything than I am my kids. I stay very busy. I work a full time job and never have time for myself. Sometimes this angers me but its a part of motherhood. The definitely keep me busy. I don't want them to grow up...
    lilmomma030612 lilmomma030612 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 13, 2012

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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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    Rad In Foster/adopted Children

    It is very misunderstood by caseworkers and causes alot of investigations on foster families or adopive families I think these caseworkers need to be trained alot on this issues. There's way too many families put under the hot light and not given the benefit of the doubt
    jailmedic2000 jailmedic2000 36-40 1 Response Jan 4, 2013

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    I am not a parent at the present time

    and not sure I will ever be one. I know all the trouble my mother went through raising five kids and I see my brother's and sister's trouble raising their families. If I ever do become a parent, I know it is not going to be a easy; also, I am going to have a read books on...
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 26

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    What Makes It So Tough

    The one thing I found that makes being a parent a difficult job is learning and accepting that you are a parent first.  Being a parent first means making the tough decisions and doing what is best for your children even when they don't like it. By doing this they don't like...
    Grits4life Grits4life 46-50, F 7 Responses Dec 12, 2008

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    The Mother's Curse

    I'm sure that those people who are parents are all too familiar with what Bill Cosby called "the mother's curse". Anyone who has children can relate to this. Those who don't, listen up. In the movie "Bill Cosby: Himself", he talked about this subject shortly after talking about...
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 13, 2012

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    What Kind Of Mother Do I Want To Be? Who Am I Again? I Forgot.

    I am trying to figure out who I am. I lost myself years ago in this relationship because I allowed myself to be bullied. I am just going to write down a few thoughts about what I wanted to do as a mom before I was a mom. I wanted to make organic food for my son. I wanted to make...
    lisaandshasta123 lisaandshasta123 41-45 2 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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    I'm raising children

    but I don't have any . It is very stressful to be responsible for this whole other life
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Every Job Can Be Difficult ..but...

    All jobs can be, so I will not put down anyone's job no matter what it is. But for me, being a parent is the hardest yet rewarding job I could have. I love being a mom, I love my children, but when it comes down to having two choices in raising them, I must do whats right. Should...
    realityvsdream realityvsdream 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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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

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    My daughter is perfect!

    That said she will be an only child!!!!! 1and done.
    ifun6 ifun6 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 12

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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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    Silly Anxious Mom

    Today, is the first time I've ever dropped my son off with people that i only have a passing acquaintance. It's just a birthday party ya know, I've met the parents there and they are a good sort.  I know that he will be safe there, and he's got my number in case he wants...
    Shierke Shierke 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 24, 2008

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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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    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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    Fathers And Shopping

    My son went to Tennessee to spend a few weeks with his father over the summer. I asked him if he would get my son a few things for school. He buys him a few outfits a backpack and shoes. Don't get me wrong I live wal-mart but not for shoe buying. He hasn't had his shoes for 3...
    lilmomma030612 lilmomma030612 26-30, F Oct 19, 2012

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    That's Why I'm Never Doing It

    Seeing what my parents had to and still have to go through makes me want to never have kids. Never ever ever.
    Browneyes4322 Browneyes4322 18-21, F Nov 19, 2012

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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 1 day ago

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    I would do anything for my son.

    He can't take 30 to change my tire! I truly give up!
    78nikki 78nikki 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 5

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    I have three kids. They are 20,

    19 and 16. The oldest is being a real pain in The a--. She is being extremely disrespectful and difficult. She can't seem to speak to me without screaming. She and her friends brought drugs into my home. I am done. What would you do?
    Irishk Irishk 41-45, F 8 Responses Mar 21

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    I'm not a parent, and don't plan on it ever.

    Because I truly do believe it's the most difficult job. I don't think I will ever be able to properly care for someone. I mean I could feed and clothe a child but the rest is too complicated. What if I have an off day and snap and ruin this kids life forever? I mean I wouldn't...
    caseylouise caseylouise 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 27

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    fascad3 fascad3 36-40, M 11 Responses Jul 13, 2010

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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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    Does a good mom stay to protect her child or leave an abusive relationship?

    One of the reasons why I have stayed in this unhealthy relationship is because my son wakes up asking me where his dad is in the mornings because he looks for him. What if he wakes up and hates me each morning for taking his daddy away by leaving  him? Other times, especially in...
    lisaandshasta123 lisaandshasta123 41-45 5 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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    15 Yr Old Girl And 45 Yr Old Internet Stranger.

    My daughter, call her T and her friend Kim wanted to go to the VMA's in New York City tomorrow. Kim found two (ligament) tickets online. Kim told T that they cost $200 each and her cousin who is 25 will take them. So T asks me if she can go w Kim to the show. I said no and I...
    jaylow13 jaylow13 36-40, F 12 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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    don't want to take meds to control my anxiety.

    My kids wants to play with me, but I just can't do it, because I am feeling anxious--just my normal state of being a lot of times. I do feel that a lot of time is wasted because I can't get out of anxiety mode by myself. It is like there is another me inside of me. Whenever...
    lisaandshasta123 lisaandshasta123 41-45 1 Response Jan 27

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    New Tv Show Offering Help For Young People (16-25) And Their Families

    Does your child have issues with ANGER, BULLYING, a SHORT TEMPER, or FIGHTING? Do they struggle with BODY IMAGE issues or Low SELF-ESTEEM? Do you see them dealing with issues you have dealt with YOURSELF or do you WORRY they will be just like YOU? Are these ISSUES causing...
    cineflixcasting cineflixcasting 31-35 Oct 15, 2012

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    “The reason grandchildren

    and grandparents get along so well is because they have a common enemy.” ~ Author Unknown
    Aimee17 Aimee17 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 12

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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, Oh Why, Can't They Just Go To Bed?

    I have an alarm set for 7 pm. This lets the kids know they have an hour to get ready & be in bed. And while I know it is natural for them to test their limits, I often find mine stretched beyond imagination. I try my best to stay firm but compassionate. It's just so hard when I...
    AvidDreamer AvidDreamer 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 10, 2012

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    Why Your Childless Girl Friends Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

    When you become a mom, remember to hold onto your childless girl friends, because more than ever, they will be worth their weight in gold. That's right, most of us new moms ditch those single gals, whose priorities are now so different from ours. But in spite of the radical...
    MaxineR MaxineR 36-40, F Dec 4, 2012

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    Crossdressing Exabistionist Son

    I feel bad for dressing up in stepmons pantyhose and ************ in front of her on a daily basis. I enjoyed the shock and looking at her in her heels and pantyhose. I would trap her in her room or bathroom and in the car ,i would pull down my pants and I would be wearing her...
    Shinnyhosee23 Shinnyhosee23 36-40, M 1 Response Nov 30, 2012

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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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    Balancing Act

    Its a delicate balancing act for sure. Trusting and believing in your teenage daughter and being concerned for her safety and well-being. I don't "worry" pre-se, but having been a teenage boy, I do know what goes on, so I am concerned. Worse yet, she is a head turner, I mean...
    5hadow 5hadow 51-55 2 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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    Healthy Living

    I encourage my children to eat healthy stay active and study study study. They are only allowed milk juice or water to drink. No soda. If they do have some it is to be sprite. My daughter is much easier to allow this. My son hates almost everything healthy. Yet he is keen on...
    lilmomma030612 lilmomma030612 26-30, F Oct 14, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    Another Year..

    My son turns 5 today and I can't believe how he's grown. I was 30 weeks along with him when I went to the ER because I had a bad headache for 3 days. Turns out I had Eclampsia and was about to have a massive stroke. My blood pressure was a whopping 173/160. My brain was...
    likeaprayerxo likeaprayerxo 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 11, 2013

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    It Has It's Perks

    One thing I love about being a parent is that I have an excuse to play with toys again.  Blocks, play-doh, coloring books, action figures, dollhouses, stuffed animals...these are all things we shouldn't give up as we grow up.  There's nothing like coming home from a...
    eromreven eromreven 26-30 1 Response Jan 13, 2008

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    I am the mother of 4 I am also pregnant all my

    kids are good and make diecency choices however my 13 year old has a problem he is so mean and entitled all he wants to do is be anywhere but home and is now obsessed with smoking weed an anything related to weed is sooo cool where did I go wrong where did this behavior come...
    Jackie85 Jackie85 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    I have two little boys

    and am thinking of having a third child. Am I crazy? The 2 kids I have keep me busy and some days make me feel insane!!! But I want a little girl. Does it get harder with each child?!
    mysterywoman69 mysterywoman69 31-35, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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