What are your thoughts?
The saying "Know thyself comes to mind" for me. As a parent you have to be in control, and to be in control you have to know what your "I'm going to lose it" triggers are.
I can handle almost anything my boys throw my way, unless I've been ignoring my needs. A good night sleep (which is about six hours ~ sigh) and I can deal, keeping my sense of humour intact, and defuse explosive situtations before they happen. Too little sleep and I lose focus, get impatient and can be a real grouch. With my husband it is lack of food that turns his cranky dial. He is peachy unless he's hungry, and the boys now know to make him a PB & J sandwich which always bring him back to a happy daddy.
The bottom line is take care of your needs and indugle in a bit of pampering. A 15 min home facial treatment, or a half hour with your favourite author, can help push your reset button for a happier parent.