They Have Realised They Outnumber Us!
For those of you who read my first ever blog post you will know that there are times when I will shout like a fish wife just to be heard over my four rambunctious boys! Well, this week, if you lived next door to me, or come to think of it, within a one mile radius of me, you would have heard more than your fair share of fish wife shouting going on!
My husband and I always knew that this day would come…………..our boys have realised that they outnumber us! This week, they have become masters of tag teaming us. If one is weeing on the floor, another is getting a sly punch in on their brother. If one is whining at me because they are tired and hungry, another one is sneaking off to play the Wii that they have been told has been turned off for the day. I could go on all night telling you about scenarios such as these. The highlight (if I can call it that!) this week however, was my two older children sneaking out of their bedrooms whilst I was settling the younger two into bed. They crept down the stairs, into the garden, and climbed on top of the log shed. The first I knew of it was when I heard shouts for help as they had got themselves stuck 7ft high up!
My husband and I have always had quite different parenting techniques. I am pretty laid back and calm with them but let them know when they have crossed the line. My husband on the other hand has two gears. There is no inbetween and he will go from nought to sixty in a matter of seconds when they push his buttons. We have fallen out many a time over our different parenting styles but the time has come for us to work as a team!
Kids are very astute and perceptive. They know how to play their Dad and me to their advantage and together they are an unstoppable team. Just this morning, my eldest was telling me how his Dad had told him he could play the Xbox as much as he liked. When I told him this was ridiculous, his six year old brother quickly backed up his story. They really do seem to think I’m that gullible! My two year old still has a long way to go on perfecting his technique as he followed suit throwing his breakfast on the floor and telling me ‘Daddy does it!’ Nice try little man!
I am the first to admit that we are guilty of bickering in front of the boys and have even criticised each others parenting techniques in front of the boys. Big mistake I hear you say! And you would be right. But when you are bringing up four boys aged eight and below, things don’t always go as idyllically as they should. You are often tired and tetchy and won’t always behave as a text book parent should (but if you are a regular reader of my blog you will already know what I think of ‘text book parenting’ anyway!)
The boys are starting to notice this though and before long they will use it against us. The time has come to unite forces and stand together in our bid to raise four young boys to become four young men. Alone they will trample all over us, but together we stand a fighting chance! Parenting solidarity is the way forward!!!! Now I just need to fill my husband in on the game plan! 😉