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|I am a mother of 5 children age 7 and under. Dh works lots of hours, so it does end up on my shoulders, which I don't mind....just means I have more say in how things are handled.|
|Thanks you guys! Those are some things I never even thought of. A lot of my frustration stems from the mess the kids end up making when they do just go and help themselves to whatever they want. I think that deciding that is a battle not worth having, and then helping to make it easier for them will solve a lot of the issues. That really does give me something to work with.|
|If she makes enough of a mess, I'll run and get the camera. Then we/she clean/s up.|
|Originally posted by DebraBaker
Keep a few nice toys and ditch or store other toys (for rotation every once in awhile.)
Sometimes you need to provide strong bounderies for your children (especially the 'strong willed' ones) This means being alert to keep them from doing something outright wrong or dangerous instead of waiting for them to mess up and *then* punishing them.
Are you a Christian?? Judging from your children's names I'm guessing. I imagine you and your husband might be under some pressure to discipline your children with "the rod" because "the Bible says so". I can help you with some of those nagging questions if you want to pm me.
This parenting thing is a lot of hard work, be encouraged!!