Problems with behavior....

Charlotte - posted on 10/21/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My identical twin girls are 5 and 1/2 years-old and everyday with then is a battle! They are forever fighting physically and verbally. They lie all the time. They never listen or obey, and as soon as my back's turned they get up to mishief such as flooding the bathroom and emptying every bottle of shower gel and bubble bath they can find! I am forever punishing them (non-violent methods such as the corner or cleaning up the mess they made) and I always explain why they're punished and why what they did is wrong but they never listen to me. I am at the end of my tether! I can just about manage when they're in school but I live in France and as you may have heard there's a lot of strikes going on at the moment so the girls and their 2 and 1/2 year-old brother are all at home.

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Bonnie - posted on 10/21/2010

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Wow I feel for you! I didn't think kids at the age of 6 would still do thing like that. I know they are still young, but in comparison to children going through their terrible twos or pre-school age. To be honest, I do have my share with my boys ages 2 and 4, thought not as bad. They get along well, but on a daily basis I play referee lol.

Charlotte - posted on 10/21/2010

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They've always been pretty naughty but it's been getting worse lately. The only time I get alone with them is wednesday afternoon when they don't have school and my MIL takes my son for a while. Unfortately they ruin it by fighting the whole time. I can't say how many times I've explained that if they're good we all have a good time and if not we all get upset...It's so frustrating! Sometimes I feel like it's my fault , other times I think it has something to do with their father, my ex-husband whe has them every other weekend and half of the school holidays even though he's a known alcoholic and a rather violent person. I don't know, I just wish I had a solution...

Bethany - posted on 10/21/2010

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oh dear, you poor tired mum! Have they always been mischievious? Or has it just started? Do you think they feel like they get enough positive attention, or are you often busy with your son? Do you ever spend nice, unstructured time with them one on one, or with just you and the two of them? Just searching out possibilities.

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