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Parenting for Dummies – the argument

Uploaded: Monday, March 29th, 2010

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2005.

When I dropped off Jack at the in-laws this morning, I told them that I’d got him off the dummy, so please don’t give one to him. So when I pick up Natalia and Jack, what do I see sticking out of his mouth? Yes, a dummy!

I reminded them of my earlier request, and they shrugged their shoulders and said, in a pathetic whiney voice “oh, but he wanted it”. Of course he wanted it, but I was weaning him away from it. I asked them not to let him have one tomorrow. They got defensive- but he needs one, he’ll cry without it, we’ll do what we think is best, his mom lets him!
Now I was annoyed. I can see this turning into a battle of wills, with poor Jack in the middle.

This is the first time that I’ve had a cross-word with them since the split (or ever, actually). I dislike the in-laws and always have done, not because of anything they’ve done to me, but because they’re selfish and lazy, but most of all because they treated Katrina very badly as a child. I hate having to use them as babysitters, but really have no choice at the moment. In September, Natalia will be going to after-school club, but Jack will be too young. Unless I can find a childminder that I can afford, he’s got another 18 months with them.

 

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    Supersinglemum commented at 9:03 am on March 29th, 2010

    I can totally understand where you are coming from, although my ex in laws never see the kids unless they are with their dad, but complete disregard for what I have set in place. So annoying! As for the child care aspect, do the kids live with you? If so you can claim tax credits if working 16 hrs plus a week and that includes up to 80% of your child care cost. That’s the only reason I can afford to work as my parents and ex in laws all work or llive too far away to help. You prob already know that but thought I’d mention it just in case!

     

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    Supersinglemum commented at 9:03 am on March 29th, 2010

    Hmmm, just noticed date this blog was written so prob my comment is of no use now lol!

     

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    Chic Mama commented at 9:19 pm on April 10th, 2010

    How frustrating. That’s the sort of thing my ex in laws would do too.

     


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