I dont know what to do anymore! My twins just wont listen

Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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So I have 7 year old twins a boy and a girl and a 5 year old little boy. We moved in with my boyfriend 4 months ago. Since we have the twins have completely forgotten every single rule that has ever been put down for them! They started out by pushing my boyfriends buttons, and now they intentionally push mine! We go over the exact same thing day in and day out. They know they are not allowed in the fridge or the cupboard, if they want something to eat all they have to do is ask. Since we are on a food budget, it really hurts the whole family when they eat food needed to prepare meals. I have tried talking to them, grounding them, explaing what it is they are really doing when they get in to all this food, we have even put locks on the cupboards and even tied an extention cord around the fridge to keep them out, and yet every day its the same thing, they will wait untill I am in the bathroom or in the shower, taking out the trash or switching the laundry if i even leave the room for 5 minutes they get in to the fridge and cupboards and take food back to their rooms! I just dont know what to do anymore, nothing we seem to do is getting through to them, they say they have learned their lesson but the next day its the same old thing. Is there any one out there that can give any helpful ideas or advice? Please!

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Jennifer - posted on 07/16/2012

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My kids are smart and when asked can give me the reasons the rules are set down but its just like they are refusing to follow them. My boyfriend (who has pretty much adopted them) and I are just getting very frustrated

Chaya - posted on 07/13/2012

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I am perhaps uniquely qualified to answer this, as I'm a twin, (or triplet)
You have two very normal five year olds. You have to reapeat everything dozens of times.My singleton is 17, and still doesn't listen. Eventually I got to the point that if she doesn't do he chores, I won't do mine, since mine includes making dinner, chores usually get done. My 9 year old is a foster, she seems to be afraid of being sent out, which isn't going to happen, she tends to over do chores.

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