Breanna - posted on 05/13/2010 ( 85 moms have responded )
I would love to say that everything is organic and we spend all day doing intellectually stimulating things but...Well, the reality is I spend ALOT of time YELLING! and then, in-between yelling, I might do some PUSHING. I push (cajole, entice, threaten, et al.) to get out the door, to get in the door, to get out the door again, to eat their dinner, to clean their teeth, to get dressed, to to to...
You get the idea?
How on God's green earth can I get away from all this pushing and yelling? I have three beautiful, well mannered children. I don't have the television on (just a personal thing, but it also stops me from using it as a tool when I really need it).
I try not to be a 'helicopter mum'* you know, when you 'hover' all the time. But something's got to change! They are 4, 3 and 9 months (that's right, I've been either pregnant or breastfeeding almost continually for six years). My oldest has started school this year which makes it ten times harder (yes, people it IS possible) by ensuring that everyone is out of the house at 8 am (that is, err, 8.10, 8.20, 8.40 on a really bad day).
I try to get out everyday bar the weekends for their stimulation and my sanity (the walls tend to bend here, does that sound familiar to anyone?). We go to age appropriate things that they enjoy. But still I have to YELL.
I've recently started to go to bed early to get up earlier. But resent it hugely as then I don't get any time with my husband or (gasp) to myself.
I remember when I was once a smart, well presented career woman. The world was my oyster (I don't really get that saying as I don't like oysters but it fits the purpose). I used to be able to stay 'on topic' too.
Help? I think I might explode!
*Forgive me 'Mom' isn't my bag as I'm Australian