Well that's a light-bulb for me Evergreen. I mean, I knew men want to fix it, but I guess I needed to hear again that I need to not lay out all the things to him b/c he can't fix them all (or really any of it).
One of our children wears us down daily. It is very hard.
I have prayed until I could cry no more tears. I have cried out to God asking why He won't intervene, and really I just worry that our son will take a wrong path.
He has a very quick temper. He is very defiant and can be totally disrespectful. It is almost like I hold my breath when I must say something to him, not even just asking him to do something but maybe "we're going to go to the zoo today" could even send him into a total meltdown. But he doesn't often cry; he much more often gets angry and yells, which upsets everyone else.
It is really hard. And my husband's answer if I confide in him about it is "let's just put him back in school" which I know would be a big mistake. I just know it.
So, anyway, I just keep praying b/c I just can't figure it all out. I know my husband feels defeated like me, but he just doesn't feel the same way about homeschooling, which I've shared before, so I have to keep a lot of it inside. I try to daily lay it all down though, because I have 5 other children who need my attention too.
@ Aimee, something you shared struck me. You mentioned a new baby. I know for our son who struggles most with defiance and jealousy (he is so jealous, it is just sad) and disrespect and compaining (oh my), he has also struggled the most with each new addition to our family. I've often thought he would be so well-pleased as an only child, but then I take trust in the fact God didn't place him into a family with just one child. Anyway, I know new addtions to our family greatly affect our one son and bring out a bad attitude often.