How to keep your cool with your tot with raging hormones?

Ashley - posted on 08/09/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am 4 months pregnant and I have a 16mo. She is doing the normal tot things but my mood swings blow it out of proportion sometimes. How do you keep your cool without leaving (I am a stay at home mom)?!

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Angela - posted on 08/10/2011

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I am due on monday and have a 17 month old. it has been really really hard to keep my cool with him. turning on cartoons or animal movies sometimes works. but he seems to want lots of mommy time (especially with daddy out of town for another 3 weeks after being gone for 7 weeks already). Taking him outside also sometimes helps. when other people visit he does better until they leave then he's a brat. Alone time doesn't seem to help. Hormones are the worst in the evenings when he's active. All I can really do is take several deep breaths, and leave the room for a short while. If you have a hobby that you can do that relaxes you. if your child can participate in the hobby then they are getting their mommy time and you both are having fun together.

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Katherine - posted on 08/10/2011

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Just remember he's only 16 months old. When i was pregnant with my second I had the SAME issues with my 3yo. I could not keep my cool. It was like this mantra, "She's only 3, she's only 3....."

I was SO hormonal it was not right. I did turn on the TV a lot too. I also tried to take her to playgroups even though I didn't feel like it just to socialize with other moms.
It DOES get better.

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2011

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TV, despite the controversy, when u r at your wits end or just need to rest can be a savior! Try to just breath...let her throw her tantrum in a safe place and walk away. Figure out ways that will help you stay calm! sometimes there is nothing you can do but just leave the room for a minute or put her in a safe time-out area....it happens so dont beat yourself up about it...ask for help as much as possible!

Ashley - posted on 08/10/2011

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Thank you everyone for you comments and ideas. :) I was hoping for some magical treatment b/c I have tried all of the above. It just seems that I get a storm of hormones late afternoon early evening and it makes it seem impossible to even exist around people. I will keep trying to get some alone time, buuuuuuuut I am not getting my hopes up :) Once again thank you everyone!

Christine - posted on 08/09/2011

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I've noticed my son gets restless, cranky, moody, and starts acting out if we have been at home for a few days. Taking him to the park, grocery shopping, to grandmas, or even just playing outside helps him to behave better. Which helps me not get so frustrated. Also, if you wear them out with these activities right before nap time you can really get some you time. : D

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I know exactly how you feel. Honestly when I get to that point, I put something on the TV. If my daughter seems really cranky I put her to bed. I try to keep naptime as me time. It can help me recenter myself.

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