Grace - posted on 07/11/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
How do I handle my stress level right now? I have 4 kids, 2 5 yr olds , through adoption and birth, and twin three year olds. I also have 3 teenage stepdaughters who dont live with me. I am currently expecting another baby in September and feel like I'm losing my mind. On top of all this, I have a group daycare where I spend my day with up to 12 children. I work from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. I am exhausted and feel I can't keep up.
My husband gets really stressed when he is home in the evenings and sometimes can't deal very well. I have no choice about the daycare because it is my only option as I could not afford daycare and we have to have two incomes.
I also have started getting preeclampsia again with this pregnancy and my doctor keeps telling me to slow down and try to keep my stress down or I will end up in the hospital on bedrest again. How am I supposed to slow down with 4 small children?
My 4 kids are starving for attention and often throw fits and backtalk. I have tried timeouts, withdrawing priveleges, etc but nothing seems to work.
I feel really stuck and don't know what to do. My family is busy and can't seem to help me much to give me a break. How do you deal with the stress of a big family, and what do you do to deal with discipline issues.