Often I hear or read parents with older children chuckling whilst spouting out that good old:
“It doesn’t get any easier you know!”
Well I call bullshit parents of older children.
Here’s 10 reasons why.
1) Sleep. Does your 8 year old cry several times a night and start the day at 5:15am?
2) Eating. Do you have to pretend a spoon is a magical vehicle of gastronomic delight? Are all your meals cold? Are your walls covered in congealed food?
3) Playing. Can your 8 year old play by themselves for more than 30 seconds without requiring an emergency service to recover a small piece of paper from behind the sofa?
4) Toileting. Do you have to wipe arses all day long?
5) Sleep. Does your 8 year old cry several times a night and start the day at 5:15am?
6) Conversations. Does your 8 year old regularly meltdown as you cannot determine the theme of the dinner time conversation from “YOU KNOW!!!! THE RED THING!!! BEHIND THE CAR!!! THE SQUIRREL LIKES IT!!!”
7) Illness. Does your 8 year old expect you to provide for their symptoms whilst only providing screaming as explanation? (Usually due to needing a poo)
8) Sleep. Does your 8 year old cry several times at night and start the day at 5:15am?
9) Going out. Does your 8 year old scream the restaurant down as they want the breadstick that old lady has and has now eaten?
10) Reasoning. Does your 8 year old understand why they can’t take a tadpole in their pockets to their friends house? Can they accept this without a massive meltdown?
All children are different. You may have an 8 year old that finds these things very difficult.
You may feel that complex friendships, sullen behaviour, homework, puberty etc make bring equal challenges. I am certainly not arguing the teenage years would be any easier.
But if your 8 year old can put their own jumper on, wipe their own arse and sleep through the night, pipe down.