One of my most recent text conversations with my sister (a fabulous mom of a teen and twin 10-year-olds – all boys) went a little something like this:
Me: Ugh. Do you ever have days where you just want to turn in your Mommy card and quit?
Sis: Yes. Frequently. I turn to wine, Kohls, chocolate, and hot soaks in the tub. When that doesn’t work, I yell a lot. It isn’t pretty. I’ll win no awards. As long as they don’t need therapy, right?
Me: LOL. True. The big boys have been great today. It’s the little monster that’s driving me crazy.
Sis: In my house they usually take turns being the monster. It’s a blessing, really. I secretly wonder if they have a sign up sheet because I can’t remember a time more than one was a twerp at a time.
This exhange came after a busy Saturday that included a company picnic, a pool party, very little nap, and a late bedtime, Sam had a rough Sunday. He was up super early (have I mentioned he’s suddenly turned into an early-morning child?). There was a poop …incident. There were multiple meltdowns and refusals to listen/cooperate and just a general “terrible threes” day. Or maybe it was a typical day for a three year old – I don’t know. I really figure it was mostly caused by him being so tired from the previous day’s activities. Regardless, it was a rough day, even by my standards.
And prior to the above text conversation, this Momma was having a bad case of the guilts about how poorly I felt I was handling it. But after hearing that someone I consider a Momma to look up to has days like that, too, I felt a little better.
What helps you through rough parenting days?
Julie Daneman is wife to Bryan, Stepmom to Jacob and Caleb, and Mommy to Sam. They are a boisterous, loving, happy interfaith family.