Hey there! Fellow blogger with "older" kids -- my fourteen year old starts high school in the fall and my 12-1/2 year old has had the teen attitude since he's 9! Looking forward to following your blog!
My oldest, a daughter, is 14 ........... ahhh the fun of teenage girls! She has 5 brothers and 1 sister that will follow suit as the years go by lol. The boys are 11, 8, 5, 2 and 3 months and my other girl is 3. I can typically be found blogging as I sit lounged on the couch nursing the youngest.
okay, now I'm re starting potty training! It was so easy the first time around, I have found with my last 3, it is harder. Why? Pressure! All you hear is " trained by 2, trained before 2", I hate braggers! Kudos to those who succeed, but, I have found with my ' old ' age, I just don't have the patience or time. My teen son has a busier love life than me, the 6 yo has a split personality and the 4 yo , well she's just Madison.
I believe the time and energy spent on my 1st 3 has really taken it's toll on me , my body and my nerves. What is the big deal on potty training anyway? My 6 and 4 yo were toilet trained by 4, now they used the potty on and off but by 3 and a half, they both were using the toilet, by themselves.
I now believe in patience, you know, it'll happen when it's time, if not; we spend too much time focusing on 1 thing while other things slide.
I have never been a ' follower' but a rebel in parenting, my way may not be on par with some moms but , it saves my sanity.
Do our younger children take advantage of us? Yes. Because they see our frustration with the older ones and expect to have their demands met NOW. Do I give in, sometimes. I know, positive behavior, but, after a day of struggling with teens and tots; you are at your wits end and are on your knees begging Calgon to take you away and never bring you back.
So, how do we balance the family as a whole , or do we balance them by age groups? I am a firm believer of the whole family sitting down to dinner, but have found that it didn't work, oh it worked with them when # 4 and 5 were infants but as the teens got older, it got alot harder to do this. Now, they eat in shifts, again it saves my sanity. Are there any other moms who non conform? Please dish!