My Kids Are Driving Me CRAZY!!!!!

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The kids are still on school holidays but my husband went back to work today. They have been quite good the last few days, but the first day my husband isn't here and they are being right little POO HEADS!!!!

They haven't stopped fighting the whole day!!!

Why oh why oh why!!!!
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    "My Kids Are Driving Me CRAZY!!!!!"


    Beats walking ... unless you don't have far to go.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      "My Kids Are Driving Me CRAZY!!!!!"


      Beats walking ... unless you don't have far to go.
      hahahahaha - at least that put a smile on my face
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    Good or bad, enjoy then while you can,my youngest is now 22 and I now have 4 grandchildren.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      Good or bad, enjoy then while you can,my youngest is now 22 and I now have 4 grandchildren.
      I know I know, it's just not easy enjoying them on a day like today when they can't even be in the same room without fighting - grrrr.

      I'm going to take them down the beach for a walk and a swim and hopefully burn off some of their energy.
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      • Profile picture of the author waterotter
        Hey Sheryl, you can bring them to my place to shovel snow!!!
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        • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
          Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

          Hey Sheryl, you can bring them to my place to shovel snow!!!
          OK, I'll put them on the next plane
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      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      Good or bad, enjoy then while you can,my youngest is now 22 and I now have 4 grandchildren.
      So true! Being the 22 year old "baby" of the family, I can honestly say that my parents (especially my dad) both often talk about missing the "good ole days" when my brother, sister, and I drove them up the wall with our shenanigans and fighting.
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      • Profile picture of the author adelainewatson
        Stay impartial and resist the urge to choose sides. Chances are, you haven't observed a sibling fight from the beginning so you may be missing the big picture.

        If the fight between siblings is verbal, try to work as a mediator instead of a judge. Ask the kids to be quiet and offer each one an opportunity to communicate the issue to the other. Encourage the children to come to a mutual solution that they both agree with. Offer suggestions and guide the conversation to help the siblings resolve the issue. Praise the children for resolving the issue on their own.

        If the fight is physical, immediately separate the children and send both to a time out. Since you may not have seen the entire altercation, it is not fair to just discipline one child. When you discipline both, you are sending a no tolerance message for physical violence.

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        • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
          Sheryl,

          Let's put this in perspective...


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        • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
          Originally Posted by adelainewatson View Post

          Stay impartial and resist the urge to choose sides. Chances are, you haven't observed a sibling fight from the beginning so you may be missing the big picture.

          If the fight between siblings is verbal, try to work as a mediator instead of a judge. Ask the kids to be quiet and offer each one an opportunity to communicate the issue to the other. Encourage the children to come to a mutual solution that they both agree with. Offer suggestions and guide the conversation to help the siblings resolve the issue. Praise the children for resolving the issue on their own.

          If the fight is physical, immediately separate the children and send both to a time out. Since you may not have seen the entire altercation, it is not fair to just discipline one child. When you discipline both, you are sending a no tolerance message for physical violence.

          So far today all fights have been verbal - but so petty and over stupid things like taking up too much room on the sofa and who sat down first, etc etc.

          The problem with my kids when they do fight physically is that the oldest is 2 inches taller than me and the second one is the same height as me - it's getting a bit scary now separating their fights. I still do it but it's not easy! My second child has behavior problems and is quite violent so it's not easy dealing with him.
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          • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
            Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

            So far today all fights have been verbal - but so petty and over stupid things like taking up too much room on the sofa and who sat down first, etc etc.
            Oh boy, your children really are channeling my two. Happens here all the time. How old are yours? Mine are 8 1/2 and nearly 11.

            We've also got a good dose of cabin fever which isn't helping. It's still pouring with rain and the water levels are rising, so there's not a lot of outdoors play happening. I made them come out for a run with me this morning and that was really nice, and burned a bit of their energy.

            Only 1 1/2 weeks of school holidays left, I think. Be strong.
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            • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
              Originally Posted by Audrey Harvey View Post

              Oh boy, your children really are channeling my two. Happens here all the time. How old are yours? Mine are 8 1/2 and nearly 11.

              We've also got a good dose of cabin fever which isn't helping. It's still pouring with rain and the water levels are rising, so there's not a lot of outdoors play happening. I made them come out for a run with me this morning and that was really nice, and burned a bit of their energy.

              Only 1 1/2 weeks of school holidays left, I think. Be strong.
              Mine are 13, 11 and 8. The 8 year old is pretty good but the older 2 just don't stop! I think we have 3 weeks left of school holidays here, I think we go back on the 31st Jan.

              I would hate to be over there with the rain and the floods. Although my kids are actually banned from playing outside at the moment because they keep fighting so much and the middle one (with the behavior issues) has a foul mouth on him. His foul mouth is embarrassing me, the neighbours must think we're feral, so they are banned until they can play out there without fighting - which will probably be never

              The beach this afternoon did help a bit though, they were a bit more settled after a couple hours walking and swimming.
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    when dealing with fire, use water
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  • Profile picture of the author DannyDarwin
    Brings back so many memories...

    My older sister used to tease me, tickle me and provoke me until I exploded. Then she played the innocent angel when our parents came to separate us. I always got the blame. A girl would never start a fight, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author chiwawa
    That's great. Its really annoying sometimes but its great with kids around, its makes one smile a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author evefrank60
    o really ......i can imagine..My nephew whenever comes to my home....
    he makes me crazy by doing silly things..
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    Well I have 2 teens, actually my son is 13 and daughter 18 and they also get into verbal fights but rarely now. Either that or they get along very well for a few hours or they simply both do their own things apart from each other... I find it easier since they grew up. A few years ago, it could get physical sometimes so I hear you.
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  • Profile picture of the author gekko2.0
    "poo heads"? I wish thats what my Mom would have called us back in the day lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by gekko2.0 View Post

      "poo heads"? I wish thats what my Mom would have called us back in the day lol
      Trying to keep the language G rated! Trust me there are many more names that went through my mind today
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      • Profile picture of the author ThomM
        Get a video camera and record their outbursts that drive you crazy.
        Then when they get older, play them the tapes and tell them it's payback time. After that just look at them and smile. Trust me it will drive them crazy.
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        • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
          Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

          Get a video camera and record their outbursts that drive you crazy.
          Then when they get older, play them the tapes and tell them it's payback time. After that just look at them and smile. Trust me it will drive them crazy.
          Better still, play the videos to their boy/girlfriends when they're brought home to meet Mum for the first time.

          REAL payback.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
          Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

          Get a video camera and record their outbursts that drive you crazy.
          Then when they get older, play them the tapes and tell them it's payback time. After that just look at them and smile. Trust me it will drive them crazy.
          If I ever get the camera out they stop! I've never been able to capture them on video - maybe I need to set some hidden cameras up around the house
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          • Profile picture of the author Andie
            Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

            If I ever get the camera out they stop! I've never been able to capture them on video - maybe I need to set some hidden cameras up around the house

            Sheryl,
            There ya go!! Just keep the camera handy and as soon as they startup - aim and record.
            instant behavior correction :p:p
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            • Profile picture of the author Kay King
              It's boredom - and complicated by the problems of your middle child.

              Sounds like vacation boredom is getting to them. Need physical activity, don't they? Do you have a grandparent close by? If so - ship one of them off for a few days. If being where the neighbors can hear is a problem - find a place where no one can hear and take them there for a long run.

              Even sibs who love each other can get sick of each other when they are together all day every day...and Mom has to listen to it.

              ...and count down the hours until vacation is over:p

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              • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
                Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

                It's boredom - and complicated by the problems of your middle child.

                Sounds like vacation boredom is getting to them. Need physical activity, don't they? Do you have a grandparent close by? If so - ship one of them off for a few days. If being where the neighbors can hear is a problem - find a place where no one can hear and take them there for a long run.

                Even sibs who love each other can get sick of each other when they are together all day every day...and Mom has to listen to it.

                ...and count down the hours until vacation is over:p

                kay
                I have been taking them out for long walks and to the beach for walks and swims. My kids just fight non stop even when they are at school, the minute they get in the car to come home they start fighting!

                Their grandparents won't take them My Mum works and my in-laws just don't take them. Their always have their other grandchildren but not ours The oldest one's are the favorites - they even babysit their dog!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Originally Posted by Greg Wildermuth View Post

    My 2 year old daughter's the cutest little poo head you've ever seen. She offers me much needed breaks from work where I chase her around the house and tickle her. But once in a while she plays drums on my keyboard and erases stuff. Take the good with the bad (and always hit SAVE a lot).
    2 year old - haha - give her another 10 years or so, then she'll be driving you crazy
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    Have you ever thought about learning hypnosis?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by Henri J View Post

      Have you ever thought about learning hypnosis?
      Hmmmm, no not really! I couldn't brain wash my kids to be good - as tempting as that is
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  • Profile picture of the author faceitfacts
    That's one long vacation, wish we had it that long up here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andie
    My son went back a week ago; they are now doing mid year finals. He turned 14 a month ago and one of his xmas presents was an alarm clock (extremely loud-have never found one that woke him up before).
    Now, the ever-so-responsible bugger gets himself up, ready and out the door --
    I get to sleep in. It's quiet when I get up and I feel like I forgot to do something important..............
    Some would say it is past due at 8th grade, but I tend to spoil him as long as possible cause it all seems so fleeting (and you can't go back).

    Believe it or not, there may very well come a day you wish they were there bickering over some silly something......because that too, will pass
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  • Profile picture of the author calleo
    Poo Heads. That must be Australian lingo. My little guy is called Pee Brain when he starts stepping out of line. All this toilet talk
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  • Profile picture of the author Biggy Fat
    Heh, I personally would NEVER have kids. I am a terrible, TERRIBLE uncle to my niece and nephew, so that would make me an even more terrible, TERRIBLE father. My financial state is, well, non-existant, and I wouldn't have the mental toughness to be a father.

    However, I do hope your situation improves, Sheryl.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Thanks Biggy - but I don't think you give yourself enough credit
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    Well, we have three kids and nine grandkids between us. Wife's daughter died about 2½ years ago so we now are raising two boys, an 11 and 18 yr old. I just turned 64 yesterday and I thought we were done raising kids!!

    Hmm.. wonder where all my posts went, I'm well above what is shown on the left!
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    My baby has made all sorts of wonderful and terrifying things happen with his fast little hands on my keyboard. Interesting things that I didn't even know existed, never mind possible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

      My baby has made all sorts of wonderful and terrifying things happen with his fast little hands on my keyboard. Interesting things that I didn't even know existed, never mind possible.
      LOL - they are so cute at that age
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      • Profile picture of the author mrwill
        I think they are great. Lucky you as you've got the "right" kids. Keep "fedding up" with them and enjoy the holidays altogether. you'll miss them if you are not around, believe me
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    My ex use to say our kids would argue over who had the most dirt on their shoes...lol. They constantly found something to fuss at each other about. But they also played together and created games that were so complicated that no one else could play with them. Sometimes they seemed to speak their own "sibling" language.
    There were moments they nearly sent me off the deep end.

    But they're 22 and 18 now and still very close.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nancy Hallmark
    I have 4 teenagers and they keep me too busy.. I dont know what I like better, 4 toddlers or 4 teeangers..hum..
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I found they took more energy as toddlers, but as teenagers they were far more expensive!
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