It's the arguing that gets me down

Filed under: Feeding & Sleeping

I have always encouraged my kids to be independent thinkers and to not accept anything at face value. My children will stand up to anybody and argue any point to the death. They question nearly all requests and rarely hesitate to offer their opinions. Sometimes I feel as though we are forever living in a courtroom where even the smallest of commands are presented to best suit the kids' whims. I figure that once they fly from the nest, they will need those skills to navigate their ways through the world. But when it comes back to haunt me, I sometimes wonder if maybe I have steered them in the wrong directions.

Bedtime usually brings the most heated arguments. If I say bed is at a certain time, I am sure to be barraged with reasons as to why that is simply not possible. The arguments could be anything from their body metabolisms are simply not able to slow down, making sleep impossible to their sudden desire to clean the house. Just anything to avoid bedtime. As the time approaches, each minute will be debated until I sometimes feel as if I might hide in a corner and pretend that I have no children at all.

While I find the arguing exhausting, there is a part of me that is so proud of my plucky kids. They are never rude, just persistent and creative. These are traits that will serve them well in life, but sometimes they can wear a mom down to the nub. Are your kids argumentative? How do you deal with them?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.