Today, 02:52 PM
Hi, motherhood can be really, really, REALLY hard sometimes, can't it? I could have written very much this same post about my 2 year old today! She finally settled down after nursing for an hour, and when I snuck away, she woke up 10 minutes later. Frustrating!
When I am losing my patience, and to be honest I do lose my patience with my kids pretty often, I find these strategies work as long as I have the self control to remember them, which I often do not.
(I think this is really important- if I have not been able to avoid a meltdown, after a meltdown, I apologize and take responsibility for my actions.)
to try to avoid meltdowns, I might try any of the following-
1) I leave the room, if necessary, closing the door, until I can get a hold of myself.
2) I stop whatever we are doing and do something else. So, if I am trying to nurse a child down, and they are not going to sleep, I say 'ok, lets go outside/play a game/get a snack/read a book whatever. This is what I am doing right now, I am typing while she plays with a phone on my lap. If this leads to my daughter napping at a later time, or not napping at all, it can be a problem, but not a serious one, and far better than the alternative.
3) call a friend or my husband for a quick vent
4) Work on accepting that the things I want to get done either will not get done, not get done today, or figure out a way to do them while my child is awake.