Parenting Phase 2: Difficult Children

There is no such thing as Bad Kids, but they sure can be difficult.  If only there was some kind of a manual or How-To in order to survive the rough parts of parenthood.  We give it names like Colic, Tantrums, The Terrible Twos, the Terrible Threes, the Fearsome Fours, and on an on.  We hope that “it’s” just a phase our kids will grow out of; some do, but some don’t.  We look online for tips to “fix” our defective children, or how to cure them or their anger issues.  Parenting is one of the most challenging things we undertake, and the truth of the matter is that there is no right or wrong way to do it.

When we began the Dads Round Table, we made a deliberate choice to avoid articles that tried to make it sound like there are “3 easy steps” to getting your kids to sleep through the night, or “Potty Training Made Easy.”  The honest truth is that our kids try our patience, and they frustrate us, and they take us to the end of our rope.  However, when they smile at us after keeping us up all night, when they squeeze our necks when we carry their sick bodies back to bed, and when they cuddle next to us there is nothing better in life.

How did you make it through Colic, tantrums, and other people’s difficult kids?  Do you hang out with people who raise their kids different than you?  What worked for you that you can share with the community?

Remember to join us Wednesday Night on Twitter for our live #DadsRT Chat.  We will share horror stories and triumphs.  Starting time is 6Pacific/9Eastern. 

~JB

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  1. Brad the Dad says:

    Our youngest challenges my patience and sanity like his older brother never even came close to doing. Yet, on the flip side, he loves to snuggle way more than his brother and often strokes my hair while he does so. Basically, he giveth as much as he taketh and it messes with my head something fierce.

    • LOL!!! I relate to this. My oldest (daughter) is loving and wants to make us all happy. My son is a little punk who squeezes my neck harder than she used to. He’s a bigger pain, but he wants more affection from us.

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