I have cared for my son since day one. We know each other very well. We communicate and resolve issues well. Recently, I have taken on three additional toddlers to care for in my home. They bring all their own issues and every parenting style is different, but I am having a great deal of trouble keeping the peace. I always try redirection for the little things. I do not like to use time-outs and, but when one child infringes on the rights of another child (i.e. grabbing, hitting, etc.) I am challenged. I am in need of direction. I am also finding that my lovely relationship with my son is now stressed. I financially need this situation to work. I emotionally need balanced levels of peace and play. This isn't easy.
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5/19/03 at 4:45am