I know I’m not the first parent to go to work in tears over frustrations with a child. This was my week.
After day in and day out of bedtime battles – that have now turned into morningtime battles – I have truthfully had it. Two hours each night of trying to get kids to bed has now morphed to two hours at night plus up to an hour each morning of trying to keep my oldest resting. Through in those middle hours filled with attitudes, tantrums and general “not listening moments,” and I’m a mommy on the edge.
The challenge is how to cope with it. And I’m not just talking about a bath (which is pretty unenjoyable when you have screaming kids) or a glass of wine.
Most parents I know take away the Wii or computer time when things get rough. Well, as my child gets neither, it’s more challenging finding that punishment that works.
I can take away TV, but my 4-year-old is in a phase when she’d rather do something else. (And that doesn’t bother me.)
I could be like a woman I know, who removed all of her daughter’s monkey collection, making her earn back each and every one. But taking away certain toys, even treasured ones, hasn’t been successful. In fact, we have an easel I’m about to sell to the used kids shop because it’s been in the garage as “punishment” (and since has been forgotten) for so long!
And time-outs are a struggle at best, particularly when you’re also chasing around a toddler.
So since I haven’t been feeling so hot as a parent, I’ll let you all critique. How do you parent when “things” – or lack thereof – aren’t the answer?