I’m a 31 year old single mother to a (for the most part) beautiful 3 1/2 year old daughter. It has been just us from the beginning.
My Angel is smart beyond her years, which also means i have a Little Miss Attitude on my hands. (Goodness help me during the teenage years!!)
Now, even though i’m not against giving children a LITTLE smack on the bottom or hand when nothing else seems to be working, this path of action is something i rarely follow. Most times the tone of my voice will be met with ‘i wont do it again’ which of course means i’ll stop for 2 minutes and go straight back to what I’m doing….causing me to raise my voice more, and is met with tears, and me feeling awful & backtracking….showing my daughter that she’ll always eventually win, & therefore she continues to act up.
Being a single mum means I’m ALWAYS the bad cop & it breaks my heart seeing my Angel upset, & she does have me wrapped around her little finger, & as much as I don’t want her to be a spoilt little brat, it looks as though she may be heading that way.
The newest thing is her poking her tongue out at me whenever i ask her to do something, which is so infuriating, but we keep going through the same cycle over and over again.
Time outs & naughty mats haven’t worked and being on my own can often mean i do give in before i should, because shes my baby and i hate seeing her upset.
There must be something that other single mums have perfected so that they’re not being pulled in all directions with no end in sight…..I just hope i come across that particular proverbial pot of gold before i turn into a grey haired monster….now that’s scary lol
Posted by dilemmalina, 28th February 2013