Today, 04:32 PM
Hi debbers, our daughters are just about exactly the same age. I am also dealing with the mood swings and unpredictability of this age. iirc, this was a rather calm age with my 2 sons, but then things got harder especially with my middle one after he turned three. With him, getting through the day without strangling him felt like a major accomplishment. In other words I think this time in general can be quite exasperating, for some a little earlier than others.
I am not sure what you mean by will this pay off- by this, do you mean, attachment parenting in general? Nursing? and of course I have no idea what you mean by pay off. But, in case it helps, here is my experience with my older two, now almost 9 and 12, and what I think I gained from AP parenting-
It's not about what it has done for my kids, although I am confident parenting my children as I have was the best choice for us, without a doubt. But these days, it is more about what it has done for me. And that is, I know my children. I trust my children. I know myself as a parent, and trust myself to handle difficult issues that arise.
Helping a pre-teen navigate this world gets really, really complicated. There is no subject we do not discuss (in an age appropriate manner.) I have found I am very comfortable with talking about just about anything that has come up- Very painful things, like shooting massacres at schools, very uncomfortable things, like sex and puberty, very complicated things, like racism and...