Friday, March 20, 2009
And the flip side of parenting...
I am so completely burned out from dealing with Renie this week that I am literally in a constant state of fighting back tears. Help! Nothing works with this child. If I put her in time-out she kicks the door and screams until I'm sure her feet are going to go right through it. If I spank her, she acts all offended for about 30 seconds and then she's right back at it. She doesn't care a single bit. There is nothing she loves so much that if I take it away it would bother her in the least. There are no 3 yr old privileges that she cares about. I can't send her to bed early because it would require me stationing myself at her door to keep her in there. No time for that with dinner to make and 4 other kids to deal with. She antagonizes her little brother, gets into every possible thing she can think of that she knows is off-limits, climbs onto the counter tops to get into food, sneaks out of the house to run the neighborhood, destroys anything of value she can find....Really it's exhausting. You know how the saving grace of a 3 yr old is how stinking cute they can be? Well, she better up the cuteness because the terrorist is the only one showing her face lately. I know it's hard to be the fourth child in a big family. I am the fourth child myself. But goodness, we're stuck in a cycle where every interaction is negative and it's hard to give her the positive interaction she seems to be craving. Maybe my trip to NY next week will give us both the break we need and break the cycle in the process. I hope so because I can't go on like this much longer!
Posted by Molly at 5:38 PM