It’s a phase. I keep telling myself this. Ben is turning six, and he’s acting like he’s sixteen (I’m sure I’ll be wishing for six when he is sixteen, but you get my point). The talking back, the “I don’t need to listen to you” leg stance, and the smirks can all go away now. I want my baby back!
I know I can’t shield my children from everything life throws our way, but I wish I could, sometimes. Did he see something on TV that taught him how to say things like “whatever, mommy” or “you’re not the boss of me!”? Have you seen kids at school roll their eyes and laugh when asked to clean up after themselves? Ben is an amazing kid with a big heart. I just am not ready for him to test my authority yet. Parenting is a challenging life role. I wish they taught us how to deal with different temper tantrum stages in prenatal classes! I figured out, very quickly, how to change a diaper and how to burp. What I could have used instruction on is how to react when your five-year-old storms off screaming after telling him he can’t watch YouTube. Or intentionally slamming a door after asking him to keep quiet while his baby brother naps.
Oh, the joys. This phase can end now. How do you react to your kids when they talk back?
Caroline is mom to two beautiful boys, wife to a wonderfully-supportive husband, and the owner of a successful social media management and content writing business called Flourish Marketing. She also blogs at Labour to Launch, a site meant to inspire the entrepreneur in all of us.