Friday, January 22, 2010

Stages of Life

Every different age group in a child seems to have it's own challenges. Newborns never sleep when you want them to sleep and you are so sleep deprived and wonder how could anything be any worse than this. Then they become toddlers and are into EVERYTHING. They are defiant and love testing the waters, but they still want to please you. Then they start school and pick up on all sorts of other children's bad habits and you've got to deal with homework and whether or not they are succeeding in school. You've been through the ringer with these kids up until now. You've dealt with a lot. You can handle anything when it comes to them, right?

Well, then you have to start dealing with the preteens with changing hormones. They are moody, but at the same time still very much a child. They can throw a temper tantrum just as good as they did when they were 2. The mood swings I think are what gets me. I don't know how I'm going to handle the teen stage. I suppose the same way I've dealt up until now. With lots of talking to my friends who are dealing with the same things.

This is why they tell you parenting is the hardest thing you'll ever do. Just when you think you've seen the worst of it kids will throw a curve ball at you and have you shaking your head and pulling out your hair all over again.

My name is Monica, and I have survived newborns, toddlers, and school aged children. I am in the midst of preteen madness. I only hope that I still have hair on my head in 2 years when Natalie is officially a teenager; and I only hope I haven't been locked away in a mental home in 10 years when CJ is about to become a teenager.