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MLDB's Comments

I am feeling pretty guilty

06/11/2010 - 13:40

I am feeling pretty guilty right now ...I didn't use my nicest voice when I spoke to my children in the trolley yesterday or before that when we walked down the street ...they whinged about wanting food & being hungry (was after their lunch early afternoon) .
It was the lollies near the craft aisle..that started them.
I was inpatient & rude. I let one trail behind me as I ignored his pleas.

His favourite is I am so tired ( ...I am really really hungry 2nd)

Then we went into Coles
I was positively horrid when J wanted to pee , I'd already taken his brother S, 10 mins into my Coles shopping . J said he had been at home and didn't need to go ...never trust 4 yr olds.

I am thankful they are very forgiving and they did enjoy the cookies.

I will be more resourceful in the future, take my own snacks, remember to go to the toilet first { I usually do ;) both but was rushed & stressed }
It's not okay to menace our children ...I guess we don't know the reasons behind this Dad but I hope for his boy's sake it was just a one off bad night.

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This might help ...anything

30/08/2010 - 19:39

This might help ...anything is worth trying, thanks for this valuable advice.

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My preschoolers sleep with

26/08/2010 - 23:08

My preschoolers sleep with not just a few "friends" ...what they call bedtime buddies but a hlaf dozen soft toys ( different ones will do when I am desparate and they are prolonging bedtime) ...then sometimes they have Action man (or actually Ken dolls), old 'undressed' Cabbage patch dolls, books, blocks,back packs, plastic bags filled with other treasures, a pillowslip or two lately and puzzles... add in a few matchbox/hotwheel cars and now hard preloved Buzz Lightyear walkietakie & new 4th birthday talking Woody.
There is hardly enough room in their bed now ...if (when) they come into our bed, they just bring one or two friends/things.
I am just glad it isn't the same one bedtime buddy because I'd be forever looking for them or refereeing who owns what !

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It happens so quickly, don't

26/08/2010 - 22:59

It happens so quickly, don't feel so guilty though it is normal to do so. I am glad all was ok. You are right about that utterly terrible feeling . I can't imagine your terror or guilt but it resonates loudly within me. Putting your guilt aside and focusing on the ways to prevent further occurances is the best idea.

This happened to me ...(not just once) when my twin boys were about same age and even older !
I was otherwise occupied and as soon I noticed them gone, I yelled for them around the house inside/out. I have a hearing porblem and can't hear which direction , still they didn't answer as they often did/do ...
I raced out the closed front door and I saw them near the end of our long approx 75m driveway (battleaxe) on their toddler bikes and I could see the school traffic whizzing past & the buses parked unusually across the road. I pleaded with them to stop ...they were smiling and advancing forward.
My older teenage son had left the gate open that time and the padlock off ...still I hadn't checked on them closely enough.

A time earlier, I heard the 'silence' as I noticed the front door open. Half way down the drive a lady was bringing one back up with her toddler daughter in tow ...she had stopped her car , taken her own daughter out to bring him back. I felt so bad and so guilty .... the look she gave me.

They are smarter now and can outwit me, they hide now purposely and the number of times I have been frantically looking for them ... even when the door /gate has been closed/locked.

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I can totally empathize with you

26/08/2010 - 22:32

I can totally empathize with you, OMG I remember struggling with 3 week old twins ...but not in the rain (much) and not with a toddler in tow. You deserve a medal !
Yes, my twin sons are all Daddy's boys now ...*sigh* I am second best or the one they come to when Daddy says no.

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