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    Old 03-24-2017, 05:20 PM   #1
    MSophie5
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    I don't know how to parent

    Hi all, I'm new here. I'm 38 and have a 5 year old DD who has aspergers and 2 year old twins. I love my kids so so much but I literally don't know how to parent. I grew up in a very strict, silent home where we couldn't even laugh without being told to be quiet or warning us something bad would come to us. Anyway, I am overwhelmed. My 5 year old has been hard since birth. Didn't sleep, clingy, had sensory issues - later diagnosed with ASD. Right now she struggles with emotional regulation and some social (related to emotional regulation). She loves her sisters but she antagonizes them to no end. She is always loud, running, yelling, etc. The twins are always crying, whining or fighting with each other or my older DD (and she does all the above). They also are chatter boxes and drama queens (seriously. My youngest will win an academy award one day. Just watch). This house is so loud all the time. I can't deal. The car is worse and I'm on the car with kids an hour and 15 minutes a day. What can I do? My oldest has been in and out of therapy but no help in emotional regulation. I literally don't know how to parent them. I'm frustrated and on edge all day. I'm on 150 Effexor and 1 Ativan (at night to sleep). I've been in counseling too. I need help and no one can tell me what to do. One therapist said to lock them in the bathroom for timeout! I can't do that. I don't let them get away with things - I speak sternly, I make them follow through, etc. I'm not a pushover. It's just that it seems I'm outnumbered and they all just run amok. Please help me. Thank you.

     
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