Feel like running away!

Holly - posted on 02/26/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




I love both my children, though as of now my son is in that stage of "mommy, mommy,mommy" over and over. Plus he wines A LOT! There are days that are better than others. The days that he seems to want more attention are the days that I feel like running away.
What can I do to help him?? And myself??


Jamie - posted on 02/26/2013




;) Sometimes it helps to run away.

Obviously, if they're little and demanding your attention, it can't be for long and it can't be far away. But sometimes just stepping outside, or into another room and taking a breath can be really helpful.

When my kids were 2 and 4, I thought I might lose my mind. Excessive whining and children's television nearly drove me bats. I was pretty depressed for a while and felt like a bad mom because there were days I couldn't stand my children.

The best thing I did for myself was to begin meditating and doing yoga. My kids watched and got interested and did what I was doing, or they found something else to do nearby. And I was calmer. (Which is really helpful when dealing with my kids who often want attention, don't know what to do, but don't want to do what I recommend.)

As they got a little older, those times that I felt really frazzled, I would make sure the kids were safe and announce that I was on time-out and would go to another room. My kids sometimes thought it was funny that Mom was on time-out...but it kept me from losing it and they understood the phrase.

They grow up fast and quit demanding attention in the same way. My kids are 8 and 10 now. Their favorite days seem to be the days that I leave them alone and don't tell them what to do. lol

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