We have an AWESOME Reader Request this week written by one of our followers. She asks a GREAT question and then gives some ideas!! Share yours as well and keep those RR coming!
"We've talked about what to do when your kids are driving you crazy, but what about when you are the crazy one? I am fortunate to be mom to two of the most easy going, adorable boys a mom could ask for (2 years and 2 months). They each certainly have their moments, but I realized that sometimes I'll say that my kids are driving me crazy, but in all honesty, I'm the one having a moment. What do you do when you're the one who needs a "time out"?
Here are some things I've tried, but I'd love other ideas...
*Stop and assess the situation: Am I frustrated because I'm trying to do something for me when they have needs that I should be meeting? Often if I lay aside what I want to do until a better time, we're all happier - they have my full attention, I can enjoy them more and I can enjoy my activity more when they aren't needing me.
*Go to my room: sometimes I really do give myself a time out. First I make sure the kids are both in a safe place and explain that I need a break. On my good days, I think I can do this in a way that my toddler doesn't feel like he's done something wrong; but I'll admit some days need work. Sometimes he cries, but I figure it's better for him to cry while I collect myself than for me to lose my cool and feel bad (and more frustrated) when I get upset and raise my voice. Sometimes he'll even suggest the break when he can tell I'm getting frustrated! Like I said, they're good kids!
*Call my husband or, better yet, another mom friend: it helps to give perspective and have a listening ear.
*Get out of the house for a bit: go to a store, park, run an errand, visit a friend or just drive around."
Thanks for your post Tressa!! Let us know your ideas on getting a "time out" for mom.