Quit smoking with the stress of 4 kids all 5 and under.

Tyanna - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Any mother's have suggestions of how to stop smoking with the typical stress of raising multiple children ages 5 and under. I don't want to take it out on the kids.

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Kristina - posted on 01/30/2010

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It sounds odd but I've been timing mine.... I used to smoke a pack a day... I started out at having one every hour.... Each week I add a half hour.... I'm not down to one every three and a half hours.... The first couple days each week I'm a bit grumpy by dinner time (that's my most stressful time, from dinner until kids' bedtime).... But this has helped my body slowly get use to less nicotine.... Plus I don't allow myself to take my cigs with me when I leave the house.... After 9 years this is the most success I've had other than while pregnant.... Also a friend of mine quit by making it a competition with a girl at work.... Each day they had to write down how many they the day before and trying to have the lowest number.... Good luck!!!

Suzie - posted on 12/30/2009

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I understand how hard it is to quit especially with young kids calling for their mom, crying for mom or screaming for mom. I've smoked for 15+ years (except when pregnant) and have tried several times to quit with cold turkey or gum. The other day my husband brought home the nicotine patches and they have helped me .... with the help of my husband letting me take my frustrations out on him for 1 week or so. Yes...it was a long and tiring week but my body is used to it just as long as I slap a patch on early in the morning and leave it on until bedtime.

It's very hard to quit smoking and there are so many options out there. Gum, Chantix, Nocotine Patch, Smoking Cessation Classes, Hypnosis....etc. Hope you find the right choice for you.

Chris - posted on 12/23/2009

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My husband just got a script for Chantix....am waiting to see how he does on it and I will try it, too. 100$ a month, but if I can quit worth it. Will be interested to see if I can do it with the stress like you said. Have days where i want to pull my hair out and run screaming!!! But, like you, I don't want to be mean or some other weird side effect with the kids. I will let you know if it works!!!

Ginger - posted on 11/17/2009

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O.K. I quit smoking with three small children and it is stressful, but it can be done without snapping at your kids. BREATH...the breathing is the most important part. Believe it or not long deep breaths, about 7 or eight to be exact, really soothes the nerves. That along with prayer. Hope it helps.

Deanna - posted on 06/25/2009

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I'm right there with you. I've got 4 kids ages 2,5,7 &9. My husband and I smoke a pack a day between us. I was thinking of quiting cold turkey, but I know I'll be absolutely hateful until it's out of my system and my husband isn't quitting with me, so it's a little harder. So, my current game plan is to ration myself cigarettes. I found an old metal cigarette case and I put my daily ration into it. I just started this and I'm at 10 a day (I pretty much figures I was smoking 10-12 a day anyway, so now that's all I have for the day). Next week I hope to be down to 8 and I'll keep reducing it until I get down to 1 or 2. When I get to that point, I think I can just give them up. In the mean time, I've been trying to think of something to do instead of smoking while I'm cutting back. Maybe chewing gum or suckers. Well, good luck.

Coury - posted on 06/10/2009

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it is so hard i totally understand what you are going through!! im doing the same thing only i have 2 that are 4 and 3. ill take tips too! i know that support always helps!

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