First of all let me say that I’m under a lot of stress - please read my post about DH’s kidney stones. What I forgot to mention there is that DH has been very beligerent to me in his suffering and has cussed me out on a daily basis up till the last few days after I really let him have it.
That said, the whining situation with my 3 boys is something I’ve been struggling with for some time. It seems our morning routine is frought with whining and frustration and nagging and I’m yelling before 8 o’clock!!! Not how I want to start my day.
I typically get them up and try to get the little ones dressed before I start breakfast so that they can come in and either help prepare breakfast or help set the table. I’m finding the most difficulty with my 19 month-old. He’s right at that stage where he wants to get involved, but we both get frustrated when he’s trying to push his chair up next to me to help stir the oatmeal and I’m moving him around b/c he’s crowding me. Or I don’t get his juice fast enough or he’s pestering his older brothers getting into the silverware that they’ve put up to the table or getting him to wait until after grace to eat.
I’m beginning to think maybe I should just let him stay in his crib with some toys till it’s time to eat. He normally does better if I hold him during grace so his food isn’t right in front of him.
Also struggling with my 3.5 yo just not listening. I’m to the point where I just want to send him to his room for the entire evening only letting him out to use the potty or eat and just blacking him out. I try to send him to the corner, but he always ends up in his room b/c he won’t stop asking to get out and it just agitates me and I need to put some space between him and me. He always seems to be fighting with the little one and not sharing.
Yeesh!!! Any helpful advice would be sincerely appreciated.