Help,I am completely exhausted single mum...

Annie - posted on 04/15/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 and clingy.I recently split from her father so am going thru grieving,sadness,mood swings as well as dealing with a little girl who needs more input than i can give.She seems to have sensory issues and refuses to talk to adults so school is out of the question,but i really wish she would go so i could share the load!I have tried to get help,but was told it was my fault,that i was babying her and that i needed to change.I asked for play therapy as she responds to playfulness,but was told there was no funding.I really am exhausted,guilty,have no family to support me and i don't know where to turn.Any advice gratefully received.

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I would see if there are any parenting classes offered by the local school districts as evening education. For her refusal to talk to adults, day care may be the option because she's going to have to do that eventually and this will put her with (we always hope) genuinely caring adults with a lot of child experience.

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Annie, I'm so sorry that you have these troubles. I'm in the US and our school systems are a lot different. Do any local churches offer parenting classes? As an atheist, I rarely push people towards religious outlets but I'm ignorant on how school systems work in the UK. For the day care, definitely interview them first. Ask for a tour and interview the staff. Bring your daughter and see how she reacts.

Definitely good luck and I wish you very well.

Annie - posted on 04/17/2012

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Thanks Jen for your comment,I really was having a bad day!I am thinking of approaching the local education authority and seeing if they have some options to gradually introduce her into the schooling system and as for your idea on parenting classes,good idea and it would give me a break too,as long as i can talk one of my teenage kids into baby sitting as i am new to the area and have no friends...Also she cries non stop when left with strangers and i worry because she seems so traumatised.I did put her in a local nursery but it was huge and indifferent and scary for her,bad choice,but in uk if you don't go private,you have no choice.

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