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UXORDEPP Posts: 99
1/4/10 12:35 P

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Tammy

Perhaps telling the older ones to grow up is what they need!

If the toddlers are doing the teens' jobs, maybe the teens need something a bit more challenging? Time consuming?

Just a thought.

I don't think my 15yo does enough, although my 18 yo, who really manned the house while I was incapacitated, is pretty good.

It annoys me greatly that when I ask them to 'do something with your brother', 'something' usually ends up being him plunked in front of a movie.

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TAMMYS40 Posts: 296
1/4/10 8:26 A

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Thanks for the comments.

The newest challenge. My teens are constantly complaining that I only care about the toddlers. Oh!!!

Grow up!!!! that's what I feel like telling them. Just in the last two weeks the little ones have even started doing the teens chores.

I think I'll make them pay them.

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1/1/10 2:03 P

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Something I've had to come to terms with (so I would stop beating myself up!) is that my little guy is going to have a different experience of growing up than my older kids have had.

I was never much for field trips, but I baked, I sewed, didn't use nursery school or babysitters...

Now, I"m just too tired. There are other people around here who can do some of this for me (and indeed, the nursery school teacher did not even see me until nearly half way through the year, as I was not well enough to go!)

Due to dh's illness, I really need to make myself employable so that we can manage if something happens to him. This was NOT in my plan!

With my trying to get healthier, and dh being diabetic, baking really shouldn't happen much, whether or not I want to! That's just the way it is...

I think it's okay to "not want to" do things that are, really, non-essential. I'm sure you will find other ways to do neat things with your young ones that suit your current stage in life.

Or maybe with continued work with Sparkpeople, you will find that you DO want to, once in a while.

Happy New Year!





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UXORDEPP Posts: 99
12/29/09 9:49 A

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I have one in JK and one in Grade 10.

It does pose its challenges!

Our little man is developmentally delayed so is actually almost 6yo.

I have arthritis and my dh has all the usual conditions that plague over-indulging males, so I am trying very hard to be healthy enough to give our son as much as we can!

He has 4 older sibs, two of whom are no longer in the nest, and one who just finished HS, and the gr 10 student, so he does get some interesting experiences!

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TAMMYS40 Posts: 296
9/9/09 10:55 A

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I am beginning to wonder if my body can keep up with my two toddlers. Field trips are starting and I have always went on them. Not so sure if I want to anymore.

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8/31/09 10:30 A

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What an unbelievable thought. How can I have a graduating Sr. Much less one just starting his school years. Will we survive the year? With all that they need to do.

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