August 31, 2010
So anyway, I need to figure out a way to let Hannah know it is unacceptable to hit her brother, and I need to get Andrew to stop whining. This is likely a universal problem, not unique to my kids at all, but being in the middle of it is not pleasant. I need it to stop. Like NOW. Tips, please!
Spankings don't work. Sometimes they get their attention enough to stop for a minute, but they never make it stop completely. Time-outs work maybe 50-60% of the time. Quality time helps, but as soon as one gets some cuddling, the other one is RIGHTTHERE wanting their turn, which in turn causes more whining/pushing/rivalry. Sigh. What we need is a nanny. Or a wife. Someone to give one of us a break (read: nap!) so they can play with one child while one of us plays with the other one. Lord knows when I get home from middle school I am exhausted and, try as I might, am probably not on the top of my mommy game. Chris, on the other hand, is exhausted as well since he's been dealing with the whining and fussing all day long.
I know, I know...These days are precious, and we need to cherish every one. One day we will look back and wish we could live through them all over again. Yeah...I know. They really are precious. I just wish they could communicate in a manner that doesn't involve so much whining/screaming and less of the word "NO!" Yikes. That seems to be Hannah's favorite word lately.
Yes, I'm whining. Wonder where my kids learned it...Hmmm...