Thursday, 9 June 2016

Even Mummy's Need A Time Out

Today was a pleasant enough day. I dropped the children off at school and nursery. Then came home to do some work, some 'Mum-Min' (you know the never ending round of chores like pay for tuck money, organise outfit for pirate day) and I had a clean of the house. OK so I also watched Love Island. Normal bog standard day. Then? At 2pm I picked up my three year old son...and that's when the fun began.

Firstly he refused to walk anywhere without a wet paper towel in his pocket. Next it was ridiculously hot so we had to have the windows down in the whole car and I drove fearful he would chuck his toys out. Then he really wanted a strawberry milkshake. So I took him for one. He declared it "disgusting" and howled hysterically for an ice cream. He then point blank refused to put his shoes on. And I, in the ridiculously hot weather, had to wrestle him to the floor to do up his doodles. Top lip sweating. Manic voice declaring "He's just overtired HA HA HA" to strangers.

I made the school run by the skin of my teeth and then my two fought for an hour. Daddy arrived home just in time to see my son draw on our recently painted walls. And that was it. That was my breaking point. It's that moment when you think "I am either going to scream, flip a table or run away and never return". We all have them. When we are on our last nerve, our blood is boiling and you feel like you may implode. And this is when Mummy needs a time out.


These are the times when I walk away. To another room. To the garden. I lay face down on my bed and I let my husband take over. Because my children can push me to a point of such frustration that I want to scream "BUT I AM YOUR MUMMY WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?". And for fear of scarring them forever I have to remove myself from the situation. They don't understand that they are acting up as it's really hot. They don't get why the newly painted walls are so precious to us and they clearly don't understand why shoes are mandatory.

It's one of the hardest things about being a parent. The fact that sometimes the sh*t hits the fan and everything just goes wrong. So this post is just to say you're not alone. That all of us are pushed to our very limits by the small humans we love most in the world. That's why it's so hard. So difficult to deal with. I am quite, quite convinced that even Kim K and Kanye are gobsmacked when North smears lipstick over a brand new designer coat and I bet Beyonce screams "OH FOR GODS SAKE JAYZ IT'S YOU TURN. BLUE IVY JUST PUNCHED MY TIT". So sometimes make sure you take a time out. Send them to Nanny's. If you're on your own go to the bathroom, lock the door and look at handsome men on social media. Think of it as a reverse naughty step, where you're the one that is isolated. Sometimes it's just about survival until the storm passes.

17 comments:

  1. Oh yes. Mummy time out definitely happens in our house. Only 2 mins ago did I give up trying to out overtired 4yo to bed and made MrB take over. He's just calmer.

    Bloody children. We love them but the hard mens are so bloody hard!

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    1. Sometimes I just have to walk away and try not to listen to the screams and shouts that the kiddos make! My husband lets them get away with more but that's OK x

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  2. Oh yes. Mummy time out definitely happens in our house. Only 2 mins ago did I give up trying to out overtired 4yo to bed and made MrB take over. He's just calmer.

    Bloody children. We love them but the hard mens are so bloody hard!

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  3. Ohh my! I am reading this at the exact right time....My girls are being drama queens and are winding each other up something rotten! I've sent them to bed to save my sanity!
    Thank you x

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    1. Oh god I can imagine the rows getting worse as they get older! x

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  4. Everyone needs to take a bit of mummy time... just to take a minute to calm down and re-evaluate :D

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    1. You do! I often just lie on the floor in my bedroom! x

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  5. It's like hammer time ... Mummy time, don't touch this....

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  6. I wish I'd read this last night just before I became 'shouty mum' at my 5yr old who was refusing to go to sleep for over 2hrs. She pushed me to breaking point and far beyond. She finally went to sleep and I had a little cry dowstairs amongst the confiscated dressing up outfits. The time out idea is a good one, I'm definitely going to have to start using it!

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    1. Ah! I do often have a little cry when I become shouty Mum. It's one of those things I really hate most about myself and makes me sad x

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  7. So pleased it's not just me having some trick afternoons and evenings of late, (though don't really want to wish them on others either!... I keep exclaiming 'it must be the heat'. Love the image of Beyonce!!!!! and great tip about looking at handsome men on social media - hee hee. xx

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    1. I keep saying it must be the heat. Or they are overtired. Or maybe sometimes they are just naughty? Ha ha ha! x

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  8. This is exactly the feeling that has been going on for weeks in our house. We are trying a no yelling challenge and it seems to be making things calmer....for the minute! xx

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    1. Oh god I need to try this challenge!!! But I am sure I would fail! x

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  9. I've had the worst day ever today as a mummy. She's 2, she's screamed, she's shouted, she's cried. I lost her at one point in Matalan, and found her hiding behind the dressing gowns at the back of a rail (thank fuck someone saw her). She's repeated she's wants her dummy about 5000 times and is now throwing a complete tantrum at having to go to bed. As a single parent I've got nowhere to run but you're words make me feel so much better that these days don't just happen to me! She's off to her daddy's tomorrow and for the first time ever I'm quite happy about that! Thank you! X

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  10. I love this. How a day can be turned in the blink of an eye - and sometimes back again with small humans! It's definitely a good job we love them so much x

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