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#31 of 32 Old 08-11-2010, 11:33 PM
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This is a bit off the topic, but may have some resonance. A friend said once that her daughter sometimes spoke as if the mum was "the village idiot".

That made me laugh, but it also gave me a bit of strength because I realized that the children are working with a very limited amount of information. They might think we're idiots, but we're really just trying to help them see how the world of adults really works.

I hope I usually do this introduction kindly. I have to admit that sometimes I'm not so sure that I'm any better than someone addressing the other village idiot.
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Originally Posted by chrfath View Post 12yo DS is driving me batty most of the time. He is horrible with his younger siblings..not always but enough to oooohhhh he makes me so mad.
This is our biggest issue with my pre-teen.

I have been trying hard to stay out of it - and that has sort of been working. I found my getting involved escalates things and causes middle DD to turn her frustration on me and accusations of choosing sides.
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