Fuming Mad....

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by STRESSEDTOMAX, Dec 7, 2011.



    AHHHH!!!! I am soo angry right now. My oldest son, 24, is watching Tommy while I am at work since My husband is out of town. He cannot deal with Tommy most of the time but I don't ask him except in an emergency. Tommy just called and I hear my older son making continual comments in the background. He treats Tommy like he is any other kid and has no problems. Now I have no idea what I'm going to be walking into.
  2. Chaosuncontained

    Chaosuncontained New Member

    This has happened a few times to me. Luckily, I don't work so I try not to ever leave Carson in the care of others (well, school, sunday school--for the most part, and my husband).

    On the very few times I've had to leave him with, say his stepbrother (15) and another sibling or two...I've made sure Carson had PLENTY of good fun things he could do (watch a favorite movie, pop popcorn, play a video game).

    Do you pay your older son to watch him? Sometimes offering to pay J to keep a close eye on Carson is incentive enough to keep the peace.

    That being said...no one can really "control" our kids. But parents are usually best equipped to attempt it.

  3. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    Those calls from home when you are really helpless to do much are so infuriating. I have received a few in my days.

    Since we don't know what you are going home to, I can't help much. Maybe make both of them have a "time out" in separate areas and you can talk with them one on one to get each story without the other's interruptions?

    A suggestion for the next emergency time when the oldest has to watch the youngest, would offering a movie-a-thon work out? Let the youngest pick out some of his favorites (or rent ones he hasn't seen) (that are age appropriate of course) and let him watch the movies while the oldest is there just for supervision?

    It doesn't always work out, but having some planned activities for the youngest sometimes helps a lot. When my difficult child was 10, he liked painting projects (bird houses) if you are brave enough for him to paint while you are gone. Or lego sets, or gather cardboard boxes and markers for coloring projects - if he has a car collection he can make a "town" on the cardboard boxes - draw roads, businesses, ect. - if he has animals, then he can make a zoo.

    Here is hoping it is not as bad as it sounds. Atleast you know SOMETHING is up! Ugh big time!