by Rumour Miller on August 4, 2011

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Can someone help me?

I am at a parenting crossroads or something.  I’m not sure what is going but my household is out of whack.  I’m sure much has to do with the fact that it is summer and we are not keeping consistent bed times and 2 of the 3 Divas don’t nap (but really should).  It’s like we are all running on empty.  I am not sure how to handle the changes in the children.

They aren’t listening.

They are fighting.  All.The.Time.

Toys are not being properly cared for.  Even though we give them constant reminders to pick up their toys and keep them put away when not in use.

I feel like I am constantly nagging them.  Arguing with them.  Getting mad at them.  Telling them to smarten up.  Stop fighting.  Hands to yourself.  I am tired just thinking about all of that.

And seriously, Quinn’s screaming is making me freakin’ crazy.  There isn’t much of the day when she isn’t screaming.  She screams at me all day long.

I really feel like I am failing at this right now.  I am praying this is just a season.  I don’t want my children to be disrespectful, rude and mannerless…. the last few months have really felt like one big epic fail in that regard.  I know, generally, my girls are well-behaved when they are with others but I still worry that this behaviour is going to be long-lasting and affect all facets of their life.

I feel 80% confident that this is just a season.  We are all adjusting to a carefree summer and being home with a Nanny.  No schedules, routine is often thrown to the sidelines.  Bed times are ignored and naps are a thing of the past for the two oldest.  I know that once September comes and we settle into a routine of hockey, skating and school, the girls will settle down too…. right?  (I am looking for a “Of course, they will” here).

Any ideas on how to positively parent 3 Divas and still keep my sanity?


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Tara August 4, 2011 at 11:41 am

It is temporary!!!! 🙂 We are there right now too. Our routines are shot and I barely survived this morning. 🙂 I was happy to hear it’s not just me.

Laureen August 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Totally agree!! Sorry to say but mine are years older than yours and I still have the same prob. It is def the routine thing…I find it a lot harder on me to tolerate when I dont get my down time in the evenings. School will be happening in the next few weeks so maybe its time to take charge of the routine.. Piper and Davi may not nap but it still doesnt hurt them to have a quiet time in the early afternoon. I still send Matt and Makenna into their rooms to read or just chill. As for the screaming thing…cant help ya there didnt have a screamer thank goodness…that would drive me crazy. It probably doesnt help that you have other things on your mind also…but on the upside youre going to Vegas soon…lol…but not soon enough. Things will settle soon the days are getting shorter;)

Sky August 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

Yeah, we’re having lots of the same. Screams of “Mine!” and “No!” often echo around. It drives me crazy but I think it’s just the age. The phase etc. Hang in there.

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