The Stressors of having children that are three years apart what to do

Ashley - posted on 01/30/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am a mother of a three year old girl and a six year old girl and they drive me up the wall fighting all the time. They are both in school so I have that covered, the issue is that the six year old does not want to listen and she is barely applying herself in school and the three year old is a diva so you know what kind of world this could be for me. The father stays with us but he makes feel like crap always asking for attention but he does not really help with getting the house in order and he is barely looking for work just depending on school to pay for everything. I am getting tired of it.Someone please give some advice I would gladly apply it to our lives. Thanks for taking the time to read my post good day you all.

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Ev - posted on 01/31/2016

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Ashley--My sis and I are those kids that are three years apart. We fought like cats and dogs all the time when younger. I know it drove our parents through the roof. I can not remember all that they did but they managed. It got a bit better each year we got older though and by the time I as 10 we had each other's backs when it came to others picking on us. That was a start. When we became teens, sometimes it took me to explain things to my sister that our parents had decided on to get her to see it for what it was. A three year gap between kids makes it a bit harder because one is always just a step ahead fo the other when it comes to the different stages of childhood and there will be disagreements. But I can honestly say that it does not matter the age difference really if kids fight or are close....my own two kids were very close and still are but I have heard stories in my family where kids were two years apart and fought...my mom's older brother and sis would go after each other all the time and she and her younger brother were two years apart and were close. It being boy and girl sets does not mean anything. Boys and girls can fight just as much as same set siblings can.

Ashley - posted on 01/30/2016

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Lol thanks it gets frustrating especially when I am doing homework on my computer. I appreciate your feedback!

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2016

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Kids fight. There have been mornings where I demand nothing but silence as they have driven one another bonkers. I do not tolerate any physical fighting. The bickering, when possible; I send the two offenders to room to work it out. My kids are considerably older than your kids. I would use timeout. One time my hubby got so sick of the bickering that he used duct tape and strapped the two fighters together. Left to figure it out, they did and they learned to compromise. This is a tough age, so pick your battles

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