What's the best advice for Mom's that work opposite shifts as spouse?

Jody - posted on 09/28/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )




Does anyone feel like some days they are going crazy with all the challenges parenting a 5 year old brings? I work full time and my husband (who is a great Dad) works straight PMs and some nights I feel as though I may go crazy. My daughter has always been 'spirited' and sensitive (she was a preemie), but 5 seems to be one of the worst ages so far. Don't get me wrong, I love her to death-but she has a very challenging personality. She is an only child (and will stay that way) and has always gotten alot of attention- but I can't keep up with the 'play with me' 'play with me' after working all day. And then there is the sassy attitude and the whinies. Most days at this point I find her most unpleasant to even be around. I try to get her to bed around 7:30 and I know that she is really tired from just starting all day kindergarten- but I am not sure how to best handle this situation. I do admit to having the 'working mommy guilt' and she really does work this by saying things like, "you never play with me" (NOT true!) and "you hurt my feelings" when I tell her to do something. I want to curb this attitude/bad behavior now- but I do know she is overtired (all day kindergarten) at the end of the day and this is contributing. How much 1:1 complete attention time should I spend with her every night. I have things around the house & other tasks I need to get done as well! Any ideas from anyone out there. Thanks from a frazzled Mom. P.S. getting a sitter more often for a break is really not an option - we have very limited family resources to help out so we mainly fly solo


Katherine - posted on 09/29/2011




My daughter who just turned 6 is the exact same way. And I'm a SAHM. I would spend an hour 1:1 with her every night if you can.
Mine goes to all day first grade and before it was 1/2 day kindergarten. So it's hard on her too. She goes to bed the same time your daughter does.

It's hard because you DO have things that need to be done, but you also have to meet your child's needs. I also have a 2.5 year old so it's crazy.

Just try to reserve a time slot for her once a day.

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