Do You Have “That” Kid?

Do You Have “That” Kid?

Have you got “that” kid? The one that was always into everything as soon as they could walk, the one that is grumpy and melts down at the grocery store? The one that was a stubborn toddler and you thought it might be a passing phase, until you realized he was still fighting with you about everything even after his twelfth birthday? Clearly no longer a toddler. Being good parents you try everything. You cajole, bribe, threaten, talk, yell and eventually pay for therapists (for him and you). And then you likely drink because the things you try just aren’t working. Your efforts to have a reasonable child, you know, the one who does homework when asked, completes chores and doesn’t pinch his brother on the way by the kitchen table…. Every…. Single…. .Time…. It is exhausting for everybody. Witching hour (otherwise known as 4pm to 6pm) with difficult kids is enough to give parents permanent trauma even years later. I have a friend who has two kids in University and she still rushes dinner for an empty house to prevent hunger sparked melt downs. The kids may be melting down somewhere but she should be able to chill about it by now… that is how powerful the scars from tantrum prone children can be! Take heart gutted parents, you may have a stone block for a kid, but there is comfort for you. First, you can be assured that nobody is going to be able to make that kid do what he doesn’t want to. It isn’t all bad to have one that is immune to peer pressure you know. Also, the world will come to your defence. When kids test out the crap they do to their parents on peers, teachers and bosses, the vengeance is swift and fierce. I have a big old bag of “I told you so” waiting for the day. There is another day I was waiting for, and it has happened. My difficult child just stopped being a pain in the ass. Overnight it seems this kid decided it was time to figure out the rules of his pack and get along. Chores get done, pinching stopped, and bed time is respected. Hell, homework is being done! Kids have such drastic developmental increments that sometimes behaviours change seemingly overnight. And sometimes they become Satan for no reason. It is kind of a crap shoot. Hang in there Moms and Dads, your “special child” will grow up and either be great, or will be a pain in somebody else’s ass.   This post ran originally on TwoBugsandBlog.com  ...
My favourite chicken lady

My favourite chicken lady

In the last year or so I have spent quite a bit of time working with one of my favourite people, Julie Nowell over at Three Chickens and a Boat (ya random huh?) Busily taking over the world as a Blog maven, networker and egg collector she still finds time to be a good soul and wrote this: The REAL Blunt Mom Creator is And she made me so happy.        ...