What has been the hardest thing about being a parent?

  • Kristie says:
    Feeling like I'm not good enough when I can't seem to make things work just right...and trying not to beat myself up for it.

  • Louise says:
    not being able to make them better when they're poorly!

  • Amanda says:
    Losing sleep!

  • Anonymous says:
    Loosing that me time and sometimes feeling trapped!!!

  • Anonymous says:
    Not getting any free time and not getting enough sleep!!

  • Robin says:
    Everything is so complicated now, but it's all good.

  • Courtney says:
    sometimes i fill stuck....i need to get away sometimes

  • Tasha says:
    the way the kids challenge me and having to dicipline :(

  • Kelly says:
    not being able to sleep in or go out and drink with your friends

  • Kerry says:
    The tantrums and arguements

  • Chey says:
    1. Hoping that you are raising them right. 2. Her safety

  • Emily says:
    Personally, just having my son go through the things he has and not been able to control it. Feeling helpless when he was in so much pain and not being able to fix him

  • Deborah says:
    giving up certain things.

  • Misty says:
    I can't go for a long time from my kids. I don't like it, I feel insecure. I have to always talk to them or something.

  • Anonymous says:
    being depended on 24/7 by both hubby and baby. but i get it done. SUPER MAMA

  • Anonymous says:
    Lack of sleep

  • Beki says:
    not having enough free time.

  • Amanda says:
    When there sick, its sad :(

  • crissy says:
    having a sick baby :(

  • Amy says:
    lack of sleep

  • Claudia says:
    seeing them gow but at the same time its the best

  • Carla says:
    Letting go. It's hard. Very, very hard.

  • Sarah says:
    keeping up with them.

  • Toni says:
    Probably feeling like I need help. Whether from Dan, my parents, baby books, health nurse etc.... I can't stand not being able to know what to do all the time. But also, the shift in who does what between my Husband and I, in regard to home and bub duties. It's not just my responsibility!

  • Anonymous says:
    Trying to balance being a great mom with a stressful job outside the home and being a wife to someone I truly suspect suffers from narcissistic personality disorder.

  • Samantha Neil says:
    everything as there is no book !! and well no right answer i find it hard to pick to go to work or to stay at home with my kids ... as i have seen what goes on in daycares

  • Shannon says:
    It depends on the day. there are so many situations and struggles right now I am having a hard time letting Baili grow up, Talan and I are butting heads on everything, and I have a hard time getting through to him, I have a hard time telling Landan no

  • Stephanie says:
    no alone time for me or me and Josh

  • Audra says:
    It actually has been easy for me...thats why I am not having any more! But this older stage is interesting because I have to come up with so many answers...and I have to make sure they are right!

  • Lindsey says:
    Discipline and being consistent. I just constantly remind myself that being consistent NOW will eventually pay off when my sons are not spoiled rotten 4 year olds!

  • Renee says:
    never having time for myself or doing something at the drop of a hat

  • Anonymous says:
    trying 2 juggle life around them

  • Beth says:
    Trying to get my daughter to listen, hold hands and make sure she grows up to be a confident woman.

  • Kimberley says:
    sleepless nights, tantrums,

  • dolly says:
    Nothing comes easy. I work at it everyday. I think the hardest thing right now and he's only 4 is getting him to give up the thump, that and friends. i don't want to chose his friends but i have a hard time leting him play with some kids. the neighbor kids for one. when they come over they are a little old 10 and 11.

  • Samantha says:
    sleepless nights

  • Aaron says:
    you cant just get up and go. everything needs to be planned to a degree. need at least an hour to plan to go somewhere, they need to be up and fed and changed you need to be fed and clothed and all that stuff.

  • Stacey says:
    the stress and constant worries

  • miriam says:
    patience ! & since im younq im missinq out on alot but its okk.

  • Lauren says:
    having to fight with a little version of myself

  • Lee-Jane says:
    watch him growing up and become more independent.

  • Tonya says:
    wondering if I'm doing it right

  • Juanita says:
    Keeping them individually happy. They have different likes and dislikes so I have to treat them differently.

  • Kelly says:
    giving them rules that i know are for the best but the ones i know i never listened to wen i was young, see mums always know better!!!

  • maritza says:
    none it's hard at first but then u get used to it.....Babies don't come with instructions or a return recepit... lol

  • Jennifer says:
    getting frustrated when my son starts to get something, then takes 2 steps back...

  • Heather says:
    Watching him suffer when sick!

  • LeAnn says:
    Everything has it's ups and downs so I can't pin point one thing.

  • Iyana says:
    Kids being LOUD i dont care for noise

  • Lindsay says:
    No free time!!! No privacy!!! LOL

  • samantha says:
    being fully responsible for everything that happens to my children, knowing that the way they grow up is down to me...........well that and potty training!

  • Jodie says:
    STRESS and dealing with there issues

  • Melissa says:
    Trying to make the right decisions regarding matters rthat affect both of us!

  • Sabrina says:
    Learning that you don't know anything, but know everything to get you through the hard times.

  • Raelynn says:
    Getting divorced from my oldest sons father, and keeping our relationship/friendship in good standing so that Bryan doesn't have to go through what a lot of kids deal with about divorce. It's so hard, but we do a pretty good job of getting along, I would say better than most.

  • Heather says:
    Being able to find time for myself & my relationship with my baby's daddy

  • Anonymous says:
    Sleep deprivation

  • Aishah says:
    Deligating who gets what and what is fair and equitable for children of different stages.

  • Danita says:
    Being on duty 24-7, as a single Mom, I have to be there no matter what.

  • Angela says:
    That I've hurt their feelings and hearing it from them. Really breaks my heart and cry.

  • Heather says:
    Patience...as they get older it gets harder!

  • April says:
    Just raising them to be responsible and considerate. I see too many young adults who were not taught this- they have such selfish attitudes

  • Lacy says:
    It's a blessing and a curse Watching them grow up knowing that they will never take that first step again or lose there first tooth it is very hard but i also love seeing them experince everything through un judgemental eyes.

  • Cassie says:

  • Sam says:
    seeing them cry when they're really hurt... worrying about their wellbeing during long ER visits, and of course, loosing sleep either due to feedings or bc they're sick

  • Jessica says:

  • Sonia says:
    wondering if im doing the best that i can at teaching them what they need to know.

  • christina says:
    early starts... no sleep wen they are ill

  • Hafa says:
    First month being on my own wiht my hubby and not having the real knowledge what and how to do certain things ...

  • Lori says:
    No Sleep!!

  • Jennifer says:
    Everything about being a parent is hard. Leaving them in the NICU for 2 weeks. Not seeing them until they were 3 days old. Getting a soda from the fridge or going to the bathroom is hard with 2 toddlers at your feet. That doesn't mean it isn't worth every minute.

  • meshell says:
    hopeing your making the right desicions.hopeing your doing a good enough job.feeling guilty about having to work too much.

  • Wendy says:
    learning to live with Asperger's

  • Amanda says:
    Being okay with them going away to visit daddy and the step-mom. Its really hard getting used to.

  • Melissa says:
    the exhaustion

  • Elizabeth says:
    Realizing that I can't be perfect!

  • Jamie says:
    trying to teach my child that "no" means "no" and her trying "not" to negotiate every single time

  • Janessa says:
    trusting myself that i'm doing it correctly

  • Tyra says:
    letting go. it's hard to watch your baby walk out the door for the first day of school, it was hard to let the oldest go with her friends to the movie by themselves. i'm not ready for them to grow up and move out

  • Shanda says:
    seeing them hurt or be in pain.

  • Louise says:
    nothin as of yet

  • Jeannine says:
    Sometimes you really need a day off and there is just no such thing, at least until I finish breast feeding

  • Stephanie says:
    Overcoming my own childhood and learning that I can't overcompensate my own kids for the mistakes my own parent's made. I did that for a long time and I realized that I was just ruining my own kids in a whole new way. Finding out that I will NEVER be a perfect parent, there is no such thing. I just have to do the best I can and look to God for the rest. For years I compared myself to every other parent and found myself lacking. I can't be at all the school functions, I can't take the kids on fancy trips, buy them every toy they look at, or take them out to eat everyday but, I am still giving them the MOST important things in life and those are what they will ultimately remember.

  • Jeannine says:
    so far......dealing with teething.

  • Toni says:
    not many friends r around anymore

  • Taryn says:
    somedays I jsut don't have the patience i need and want to crawl back in bed

  • mandi says:
    what is so easy really

  • Heather says:
    I can't narrow it down to one. I think the thing that scares me the most is looking around at the parenting (or lack thereof) of other children that is going on. We're raising our kids to respect authority, be respectful, honest, responsible and kind human beings. I don't see that happening too much in our society. I see too many parents afraid to discipline, too many parents wanting to be friends with their children before being their parents...the one's they look up to distinguish between right and wrong. I worry that this is the kind of situation we're bringing our children into. The other hard thing I've found is the lack of patience I seem to have as they get older. I'm doing everything wrong and that is hard for me to change.

  • Jennifer says:
    agreeing with the hubby on how to handle certain situations!

  • Kay says:

  • Michelle says:
    lack of sleep

  • Alesha says:
    Disciplining. I hate it. It makes me feel so bad!

  • Mandy says:
    Giving spankings or Richard giving them spankings...it kills me to know they are hurt in any way!!

  • Rachel says:
    It's something different every day

  • Mara says:
    Discipline is hard. Everyone seems to have an opinion on how you are doing it. The spanking debate is going to cause me a brain tumour I swear.

  • Georgina says:
    tryin to get there dad's to see them

  • Jenna says:
    Being so responsible for another life.

  • Kim says:
    staying and being consistent - following through

  • Anonymous says:
    changing my lifestyle

  • Kayla says:
    Leaving him at hom

  • Jacqueline says:
    that you don't get a break for even a minute.

  • Danielle says:
    Her screaming and me not knowing what is bothering her. And having to deal with her daddy not being around.

  • Annette says:
    lack of sleep

  • Eden says:
    Not being able to do anything for them when there sick

  • Rebecca says:
    sleepless nights

  • Michelle says:
    Everything!!! Trying to be fair to all, time management etc etc

  • selina says:
    Been both parents (single mum)

  • hayley says:
    the immunisations

  • Stefanie says:
    Being a good role model at ALL times.

  • Jamie says:
    getting fat & not getting enough sleep... o'yea and they cost more than you think..

  • Lisa says:
    trying to figure out what is important for your kids and what isn't... there is so much crap out there saying what you should do for your kids, but really a lot of it is just plain BS!

  • Natasha says:
    alone time

  • Rina says:
    never knowing if you are doing a good job in raising your own

  • Daisy says:
    learning to let go when you really don't want to.

  • Joanna says:
    nothink has been hard yet

  • Catherine says:
    Controlling my temper.

  • Katie says:
    See him sick or hurt and knowing i cant do anything but hold him and tell him its ok.....being away from him for to long is aweful to!

  • Emily says:
    The sleep deprivation.

  • Kelly says:

  • Amanda says:
    When he does something wrong to follow through with the punishment even though he's crying and saying in the cutest voice ever "momma"

  • Brittney says:
    watching their dad walk outta their lifes.

  • Allison says:
    there's no vacation.

  • Sabrina says:
    With Dan it was leaving him to nursery and not even etting a backwads glance :( I was told okay mummy you can go, all the other kids wanted their mummies to stay :( With Dec so far it has to be his tempers.

  • Beverly says:
    The lack of sleep

  • Chezronda says:
    nothing yet! well I worry more than ever before!

  • Lara says:
    trying to be patient.

  • Anita says:
    seeing your babies cry :( or having to tell them no but it has to be done

  • Catherine says:
    Doing it on my own

  • Angela says:
    trying to stop kissin him...lol... no seriously bein a single mum is quite hard, but wouldnt have a man ... dat would be even harder!!!

  • Krista says:
    the teething stage

  • Rachel says:
    Being pulled in so many emotional directions at once.

  • Kelli says:
    Having to do what is best for my childrens interests and not being selfish when making those decisions.

  • Anita says:
    watching them struggle with issues and you can't help them

  • Jacki says:
    Having them grow up and move out.

  • Kim says:
    when your kids are sick and there is nothing you can do but hold them is the worst.

  • Danielle says:

  • Crystal says:
    Not being able to drop everything and do what I want, when I want. But it's no big deal.

  • Myrta says:

  • Taylor says:
    its not that hard really..

  • Caroline says:
    just doing the right thing, the way the world is it is crazy nowadays

  • Kailean says:
    nothing like it has its moments but there all part of the experience

  • Brooke says:
    Learning to stay calm and to have patience

  • Amanda says:
    Not being able to be with them 100% of the time!!

  • Amber says:
    It Has Its Moments But All Part Of Bein A Parent

  • Shauna says:
    It is a 24/7 job. A mother never really had a "break". We are always worrying about our children in the back of our mind even when we are trying to relax. We are mothers, housemaids, cooks, and wives, and workers. It is hard

  • Eryn says:
    The falls,bumps & bruises etc. Worry wort!

  • Heidi says:
    never knowing what will happen

  • Norma says:
    keping it all together without goinginsane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kristy says:
    Losing the privelige of having money for me andbeing ableto blow it on pampering myself andthe weight gain

  • Ann Marie says:
    not having quite time alone

  • Audrey says:
    time management

  • Kelsey says:
    stressing bout whether you're doing the right thing or not.

  • Leigh says:

  • Jamie says:
    being a single parent.... with NO help from her father!

  • Charmaine says:
    all of it is hard but once i have adjusted it becomes rountine

  • Melissa says:
    The not knowing, not knowing whats wrong, what to do, how to fix it.

  • Holly says:
    When they don't feel good.. (esp Bradys skin) and you can't make it all better with just a kiss anymore

  • Joette says:
    Not being able to stop them from hurting

  • Anonymous says:
    that they wont always be with me. they grow up and leave you.

  • marisa says:
    being a parent...

  • Susan says:
    The fear of what might could happen to them. I trust my kids it is everyone else in the world I don't trust.

  • Myndi says:
    having my heart walk outside my body

  • Lori says:
    having an ex husband who is a dickhead

  • Jen says:
    Worrying, worrying and more worrying

  • Melissa says:
    Not being able to take away their pain.

  • Erica says:
    Parenting is not a bed of roses! You are trying to train your children to be good citizens! Trying to show them the way to go toward God's calling in their lives.

  • Kendra says:
    letting go as they get older

  • Linda says:
    when they are sick it is just the worst, absolutely heart breaking..... and loosing my little luxuries - expensive shoes and hair appointments every 4 weeks, pedicures, manicures etc.

  • Meghan says:
    the hardest thing for me is when my little girl is not feeling good, i hate it and want to be sick for her.

  • Marissa says:
    the hardest thing to me is sleep LOL

  • Terri'lee says:
    trial and error! its all about trial and error

  • Jamie says:
    all of it!

  • Brittney says:
    i cant say i've encountered "hard" part yet...but i must say someone needing your attention 24/7 can get stressful but i wouldnt trade it for anything.

  • Jennifer says:
    Growing up

  • Jo Anna says:
    Her not wanting me ALL THE TIME...as she grows up she's becoming more independent I miss her needing me

  • Anonymous says:
    I can't say there is one "thing' that has been the hardest. They have all been hard and challenging and worth every second, minute, hour, day, week, year and decade!!!

  • Michelle says:
    the emotional rollercoaster. she will be screaming one minute and then smiling at you the next. one minute you want to be crying right there with her and the next you can't help but smile at her gummy smile.

  • Antonie/Tonie says:
    Being a single mom. It is the toughest job in the world but the best at the same time. But I don't have anyone to ask what they think. That's actually pretty hard for me because I always like anothers opinion. I usually still go with mine though. lol

  • Hannah says:
    making room in the day for 'me' time

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  • Crystal says:
    Managing time!!!!! There is not enough hours in the day!!!

  • Cortney says:
    I wouldn't say anything is hard.. dealing with her father has been the hardest part so far. Everything about being a mother is so rewarding, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

  • Lindsey says:
    their are alot of annoyances....but hard...i dont know motherhood isnt really hard...having to worry about Jameys condition all the time thats really hard...but thats about it honeslty...being a mother is amazing

  • Tiffani says:
    Being a parent isn't really 'HARD" but teaching her to listen well thats another story. LOL.

  • Jessica says:
    Hardest thing is when I drop her off at school, on the days she says she wants to stay with Mommy =(

  • Karen says:
    Being a parent, nothing really. Being a single parent, a LOT!

  • Sarah says:
    not having much time for myself

  • Heather says:
    Just learning to ealize that he are kids, they are going to meltdown in public, they are going to whine, they are going to color on the walls.

  • Cinda says:
    being patient & calm

  • Jodi says:
    Sleep deprivation

  • Laura says:
    no free time

  • Anonymous says:
    Staying calm when everything else is falling apart!

  • Nini says:
    as of now, it would be staying late at night..

  • Natasha says:
    Lack of sleep..and watching ur kids get hurt and not being able to do anything about it..

  • Anonymous says:
    Knowing that I can't be with him every single second of his life to protect him from all the dangers of the world. Scares me to death.

  • Kristy says:

  • Alison says:
    Lack of sleep and worrying all the time about their well being.

  • Jennifer says:
    Learning to be patient!!

  • Robin says:
    doing it on my own but yet i dont consider it hard bc its a lesson teaching me i can do it on my own

  • katie says:
    leaving him at daycare every am

  • Jenn says:
    Doing it alone

  • Jennifer says:
    Getting the services my autistic child needs to suceed at school.

  • Twameeka says:
    getting enough sleep

  • Lana says:
    Knowing that all I can do is try to teach them right from wrong, & to be a good person, but that in the end all I can do is cross my fingers & hope they listened.

  • Alanna says:
    wishing that i could do more for my boys than what i can currently do....like the amount of time i have to spend with them, and not having more money to go do more fun things.....and losing my son's father!!!!!, thats going to be the hardest part!!!!

  • Amanda says:

  • Amy says:
    Getting up during the night, listening to him cry and having to take him everywhere I go.

  • Jessica says:
    Worrying about them getting sick and worrying when they are sick! Nothing worse then a sick kid!!

  • Amy says:
    never being off the clock

  • Emm says:
    humm i guess for me in the begging it was consistency in a routine and patience. now? i would have to say keeping him away from things that can hurt him, he is smart and can find away to get things he really wants that he cant have.

  • melina says:
    lack of sleep

  • Shontelle says:
    Not being able to just get up and go and the cost of having a child!!!!

  • Teresa says:
    uncertainty, interrupted sleep, vomit, various messes

  • Kendra says:
    Not taking complete responsibility for every fault, fit, or tantrum that occurs.

  • Tonya says:
    Not knowing everything...and being human. You have this idea in your head that ALL moms KNOW IT ALL...turns out we are all in the same boat.

  • Kimberly says:
    Realizing everything does not need to be done today and taking a few moments of peace everyday.

  • Kait says:
    the costs

  • meranda says:
    They don't do it as much anymore but they used to fight all the time, it drove me nuts!

  • Valerie says:

  • Miranda says:
    Sibling Rivalry!\

  • mary says:
    honestly, really nothing so far.

  • Jessica says:
    Being the mom and the dad. Tryn to teach a boy how to pee without the right equipment...pretty trying.

  • Angi says:
    Getting 5 min peace

  • heather says:
    Well, i guess missing all the free time that i used to have. I cant do what i want when i want & pawn her off to anyone else. Now i have a tag along but i dont mind. :)

  • Erin says:
    probably the lack of sleep but that has more to do with working overnight than it does with actually being a parent. other than that it's really not that hard. i like it :]

  • Janna says:
    Not always being able to fix thier pain

  • DEBBI says:
    Having to disipline them

  • Charley says:
    Learning that you can't do everything no matter how much you want to be supermum and sometimes you just have to let stuff go.

  • Barb says:
    not getting enough rest

  • Laurel says:
    The lack of sleep.

  • Sara says:
    being patient

  • Sara says:
    Butting heads with daddy!

  • nicole says:
    just always hope you are doing your best teaching them, showing them, guiding them, protecting them, helping them. no problem loving them, thats for sure.

  • Trina says:
    letting them go...

  • Jessica says:
    Juggling everything and transitionig.

  • Sarah says:
    dealing with their lip the constant arguing and getting then to eat decent food instead of rubish

  • Jenna says:
    knowing that everything i do will affect them in some way

  • Alicia says:
    Lack of sleep.

  • Jordan says:
    it gets stressful..and realizing that other peoples lives still go on with or without you!

  • Cristal says:
    Learning that what I want to have as far as a house will have to wait another 20 years.

  • casey says:
    Always being on demand

  • jackie says:
    its very stressful sometimes.. i was a completly single parent for a big part of their lives and had very very little help. hardly having a sitter just for a 5 minute break is kinda rough

  • Jessica says:
    taking in everything that has happened. its a whole new life change

  • Brandi says:
    lack of freedom

  • Shona says:
    being alone

  • Anonymous says:
    Everything. It's a daily worry and stress but worth it.

  • Nichole says:
    Having the patience and will power to be a parent.

  • Christine says:
    never having time to do important things besides taking care of jameson.. mainly school work

  • Leanne says:
    hmmm finding out that a kid is sexually active.

  • Christina says:
    the frustrations of a young child, not being able to drop everything and go out with my friends at the drop of a hat

  • Laura says:
    when they are sick! especially with something bigger than a normal cold like Landon got the flu at 5 months that was horrible .. or being pregnant with a toddler that was rough but ... the even harder moment was birth! im some ways everything is downhill after birth ya know lol

  • Toni says:
    not so much doing everything by my self but more so when it's time to lay my son down @ night I have no one to cuddle with.

  • Tammi says:
    Not having my own Mom around to get advice and support from. :(

  • Holly says:
    Divorced after 15 years of marriage, so parents in two homes is hard. Going to school and working keeps me busy too.

  • Becca says:
    Trying to make the right decissions

  • Stacie says:
    caring for them when they are poorly

  • Tara says:
    NO time to your self! As much as i love my girls it would e great to be able to take a shower with out my 3 year old. and sleep with out my baby!

  • Deanna says:
    seeing him get his shots

  • Amber says:
    Never, ever getting a break.

  • Terri says:
    Getting through all of the crying a fussy times which have happened often throughout the last 4 months for us.

  • Anonymous says:
    Sleepless nights and lack of "me time"

  • Jackie says:
    dealing with ADHD in my son and the CONSTANT arguing back & forth with my 2 oldest ones

  • Erica says:
    I was 20 when I had my oldest and don't have family or friends to help babysit. I think the hardest thing is knowing I haven't had a social life as a young adult... and haven't had enough people to help me so that I can have more time without the kids. I know that it will benefit us tho :)

  • Alison says:
    being responsible for another person and never being quite sure if your doing it right...

  • Jackie says:
    lack of me time and sleep

  • Claire says:
    Doin it alone

  • amy says:
    lack of sleep

  • elaine says:
    that puppy face wen ya say no an deey give ya dat face aaawww cutie ;)

  • Amanda says:
    being the disiplinary one ( sux much!!) hate being the baddy!!

  • Peggy says:
    being a parent of an autisic child, no one knows what its like and knows what you are going through or your child is going through

  • Kristi says:
    Hurt feelings,or explaining what they see other kids do may or may not be tolerated by me...have some pretty strong beliefs on things some kids seemingly get away with...

  • Christina says:

  • Amanda says:
    when my daughter is cranky and i cant figure out why

  • Heather says:
    Always questioning if I am doing enough or doing things right

  • kristina says:
    Having them not like me all the time. I want them to like me and sometimes that is just not possible.

  • Julia says:
    trying to not screw up anything, distinguish between whats good and bad health wise.

  • Jessica says:
    Watching him in pain and not being able to fix it right away.

  • Brittany says:
    Sleepless nights

  • Heather says:

  • KRISTEN says:
    Learning that you can't safeguard him from everything and that discipline doesn't make you a bad parent. Oh yeah and that the grandmother knows it ALL!

  • Lacey says:
    watching them grow up, and making them listen

  • Crystal says:
    OCD invades my parenting, thats been the hardest part

  • Tonya says:
    being a single mother of 2 (doing it all on my own) and going to school

  • Candice says:
    Accepting that bad things are going to happen, accepting your baby will at one point get hurt physically and emotionally and realising you won't be able to stop them getting bullied as it's all part of life. I know i can't but i still want to wrap them in cotton wool all their life.

  • Stephanie says:
    trying to figure out what to do....the older they get the harder it gets

  • Julieann says:
    Learning self-control.

  • Shannon says:
    leaving to go to work! dealing with tantrums, discipline!

  • Erinne says:
    thedecisions knowing what you choose now will impact on your child for the rest of their lives

  • laura says:
    watching them grow up and leave home 1 by1