Forget Terrible Twos, Stroppy Sixes Is Actually A Thing!

Terrible twos, oh how I DON’T miss you. The constant crying, screaming, the i-don’t-care-what-you-say attitude.

Who knew it could get any worse? It couldn’t, could it?

*laughs profusely*

I introduce to you.. Stroppy Sixes!

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Alfie is the most loving, kind, gentle, polite boy – and I’ve been told this by many people.

You know the saying, ‘you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors’? ..It’s bloody true.

Although Alfie is all of those things, his attitude is a constant whirlwind of never ending sh*t.

I’ve always presented Alfie to be this perfect child, which in my eyes, he is.

Social media is a platform for me to show off his accomplishments, his beautiful voice and funny antics.

No-one gets to see some of the dark days we have, which include shouting back and forth and finally him being sent to his bedroom for slamming his cup on the kitchen table.

I did assume this stage would come eventually. Eventually meaning in 10 years time when puberty hits.

Despite the loveliness which is my Alfie – he is lazy, he back chats, and refuses to do the simplest of things asked of him.

It’s as though I am living with a teenager, and I’m not forgetting to mention the dirty underwear I’ve retrieved from his wardrobe!

So, when it comes to laziness, I’m talking anything.

I could ask him to put his dinner plate into the kitchen sink, the reply will be:

“Argh! WHY?!” 

Because I bloody told you to, lazy child!

I’ve never been a big fan when it comes to harsh discipline, I’d like to say I’ve taken a more softer approach.

Which, unfortunately, has not done me any favours. Obviously.

He has me wrapped around his little finger and he knows I will do anything he asks due to the sheer delight of mum guilt.

Whether that’s putting his toys away, cleaning up his mess, or passing him the remote control which is at his arms reach.

This side of Alfie is unfortunately the only one, I, delightfully get to witness – whilst he mugs off the family thinking he’s some kind of angel child (but believe me, sometimes, he can be.)

Terrible Twos is something which I know I’d have to come across in his early days.

He was clingy, cried all the time and was so fussy it drove me to tears (and laughter with a hint of psycho).

Yet 4 years on from that, we’re at the point of terrible twos and a hint of teenager mixed together to create a giant sh*t pot.

Most of the time, or at least 90% of it – I haven’t even the slightest clue as to why my child is in a bad mood or giving me attitude.

Usually, that 10% of me knowing why my son is mad at me that particular day, is because I parented him.

No, I won’t be spoken back to in a sh*tty tone, nor will I be ordered around the house like a servant on roller blades.

Who thought having children would be a somewhat good idea? Besides the days when he is so lovely it makes my heart burst.

Life as a child must be so hard. *eye roll*

Some days I have to remind myself that he is entitled to his freedom to express emotion.

Whether that’s frustration, sadness, fear, happiness. It’s a part of who he is.

Although, I also have to remind myself most days that he is not the spawn of Chucky.

(Still debating it.)

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

 

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9 Comments

  1. mark
    November 12, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    BrillIant writing as usual

  2. Julie
    November 12, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    I love reading your blog. I can relate to a lot of it after witnessing this in my 5 grandchildren .
    Im the same as your dad when we chat at work about our grandchildren, we love them to the moon & back😊

  3. November 20, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Haha, my 4yo can be a nightmare in this way too! I read a good book that has helped me though: “Calmer Easier Happier Boys”. It had some useful practical tips that aren’t always easy to remember to do but it does help a bit. I also have a reward system where we put pasta in a jar when he’s good and remove it when he’s bad and if it’s full he gets a prize. I still lose my rag with him though, I have to say! Thanks for this honest post about how our children challenge us! #kcacols

  4. November 21, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    argh don’t say this! my son is three and sounds like Alfie hehe. he answers back and the way he speaks to me sometimes is just not acceptable ! arghhh and there I was in ignorant bliss hoping the sixes would be lovely : 0 ) #KCACOLS

  5. November 23, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Oh no! Just when I thought I was nearly through the worst of it 😉 I hope things improve for you. There is nothing worse than a child channeling their inner Chucky (thanks for the image-nightmares for days after that film). I would love to tell you it’s just a phase but I really don’t know.
    #KCACOLS

    • November 24, 2016 / 9:36 am

      Hahaha thanks Kirsty xx

  6. November 25, 2016 / 11:21 am

    Aghh… it can be a nightmare. I love your writing – great post. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

  7. December 5, 2016 / 8:45 am

    I could comment with just one word….. Snap!

    In fact my perfect 7 year old son never even had the terrible twos or so much as a bad reaction from him until he was about 4 and even then it was an isolated tantrum. But my oh my have we noticed the change at age 6/7/ AT-TI-TUDE!!!!

    But, when he’s not having a stomp around. He’s still the loveliest, sensitive little boy he’s always been. It’s find the correct punishment for the bad behaviour… can we have a follow up post on that please? haha x

  8. January 25, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Ha ha, and it doesn’t stop at 7 either (sigh). I feel like the ‘experts’ prepare you for the 2’s, you expect it. But upwards of that, they’re supposed to be nice right!? I feel like a baddy 100% of the time, even when I make an effort to be ‘super accommodating cool mum’.

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