Just Another Manic Mommy
My Three Sons … are driving me crazy
Dear Manic Mommy: HELP!! I have three boys, ages 5, 7 and 10, and I feel like I’m losing my mind. They’re always getting into trouble. My oldest has issues in school and my youngest has issues at day care. My 7-year-old is the best behaved, for some reason. What am I doing wrong that my kids are considered “terrorists” wherever we go?
Manic Mommy: I’m sorry to hear that you’re having troubles with your children, and as a mother of three kids (very close to the same ages of your children), I can understand your woes. Parenting is hard work, and we go through our days always unappreciated! And children can be difficult.
You don’t indicate what the issues are that your oldest and your youngest children are facing, so I can’t really offer much advice on that. Who’s calling your kids “terrorists,” or is this just your conclusion? Are they bad kids? Do they have behavioral problems? Do they listen when you tell them to do something?
I wish I could offer some substantial advice or suggestions, but this sounds like a puzzle without all of the pieces. I don’t want to leave you hanging or feeling terrible about your children, and I don’t want to say it’s a stage and they’ll grow out of it and become perfect adults. But unless I have more of an idea of what’s going on in their lives, there’s not much more I can suggest other than maybe talking to their counselors at school or to their pediatrician. I’m sorry, and I wish you the best of luck with them!