The Flip Side of Parenting

Share the joy

Yes it’s true.  There is one.  It’s not all spectacular family outings and cute photos of Ethan and his dog.  There are days {like today} when I simply don’t know what to do any more.  I have run out of  good parenting tips and ideas, the reward charts aren’t working any more, taking things away seems to not faze him.

Don’t extrapolate from this and crucify me for being honest.  My son is a wonderful caring boy, who is SMART beyond his years and intensely focused, driven and competitive {all of which are characteristics I value highly in people} but he also has a furious temper, is a control freak, requires instant gratification and refuses to take no for an answer.

Just like me.

So, somehow I need to teach my mini-me to respect ME and his father and his Nana and Grandad.  Because, as he told me tonight, he is a lovely boy to everyone else.

So this is a bad day.  And that’s all it is, but it is the truth and it is the reality of being a parent.




  1. bettyl · February 5, 2010

    We all have those days. Honest. And I will share my 'wisdom' with you about such days.

    It's just a day. It won't kill anybody if you don't have total control over your child for one day. Tomorrow will be another chance and you both will have slightly different attitudes. And he will still love you!
    .-= bettyl´s last blog ..poor patheticat =-.

  2. shorepound · February 5, 2010

    Donovan is the same way. I hesitate to say this in fear of jinxing our progress, but he seems to be getting a little better the older he gets. Anyways, keep up the good work. Stay patient.
    .-= shorepound´s last blog ..Well, that was FUN! =-.