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Old 08-02-2016, 06:08 AM   #1
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I am really struggling with juggling 3 kids on my own.

My eldest is 4. I can't take him to a store or shopping without him wanting everything and throwing a tantrum if he doesn't get it.

Worse still if I buy something for one of the other 2 and he doesn't get something he explodes in anger and kicks and punches and screams until he almost faints.

A friend of mine suggested to try shopping online instead and suggested a site called Kidzeboo that lets parents buy and sell secondhand baby clothes, toys and games and books. Kind of like eBay but more for parents.

I don't have much money and I am struggling (Norway is expensive) so Kidzeboo is perfect for a single parent to try to grab a bargain here and there.

On Sunday, I was looking for a used highchair for my youngest when my 4 year old walked in. I tried to close the laptop and he went crazy. In the end I had to open the screen and let him look at Kidzeboo just to keep him quiet.

So now I feel I have reached the lowest point possible as a parent where not only can I not take my kids to the store but I have to shop online at night when they are in bed.

I don't know how to deal with this. I feel even if I bought everything they have on Kidzeboo that he would probably then want everything they have on eBay. Whatever I buy is not enough and if I ever buy anything for one of the other 2 then I have to buy something for him because I just cannot continue going to the store and having to deal with the tantrums and screaming and with everyone staring at me like I am bad parent.

Surely someone here has gone through something like this?

I know there are loads of advices about how to deal with "terrible two's" and toddler tantrums. But my son is not a toddler. He's 4. And I'd rather hear from parents that have gone through similar situations than listen to the ramblings of a psychologist.

How can I buy something for one of my kids without having to buy something for all of them?

Thank you for any advices and any practical tips.
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