I love my kids but sometimes they drive me crazy. I watched your Half Term Gratitude Challenge and instantly felt like a terrible Mum. I felt bad knowing that I should be treasuring our time together. I look on Facebook at all of my friends with their kids and all their happy pictures and I feel worse.
Every school holiday, I find the intensity of us all being together too much. I literally feel overwhelm to the point where I want to get in my car and drive somewhere quiet. I’ve been reading your blog and I think I’ve become aware that my triggers are when they say: ‘I’m bored.’
Left to their own devices, this feels like all chaos will break loose and it inevitably does. They fight and argue. I cannot stand to hear that as any kind of raised voices and conflict makes me feel uncomfortable. That’s when I want to run. Instead I jump in and end up becoming part of the disagreement or being referee which doesn’t help.
What can I do to make it through the school holidays without losing myself and feeling this big dread? I try to hide it from them, but I’m sure they must know somehow. I don’t want them to feel unwanted by me either as I think we used to do this to my Mum when I was a kid.
A Lousy Mum x
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