Parenting through the crazy

by Ginger on November 4, 2015

in Mom Thoughts

Those of you with kids, are your offspring…how shall I say this?…infected by demon hell spawn right now? Or is it just mine?

I don’t know if it’s the time change, or leftover craziness from Halloween, or a full moon, or mercury in retrograde, or what but the kid has been ABSOLUTELY INSANE lately. Last night, he had at least 15 crazy breakdowns between 6:15 & 8:30, including one because he couldn’t find the dog food to feed Sasha (which we had shown him 2 minutes earlier). At the end of the night, N.C. & I just looked at each other and sort of went, “Uh, WHUT was that??” I mean, there was throwing of things, and slamming of doors, and screaming at the top of little lungs. It was…intense.

The kid has been struggling lately with big emotions: anger, frustration, sadness. We’re working on trying to teach him ways to deal with those emotions, but man, sometimes when those emotions are SO much bigger than the little boy they’re stuck inside, it’s hard. It’s hard to show him good ways to deal with those emotions when he’s in the middle of it all, and it’s hard for him to actually be able to deal with those emotions when he’s in the middle of it all. And while there’s lots of talking when things are calmer about techniques to use and discussing what’s appropriate and what’s not when things are calmer, it’s can be hard for adults to remember those techniques in the middle of a big emotional spike, much less a six year old.

I swear, sometimes I’m not sure I’m cut out for parenting.

But you just keep trying, right? You just keep showing them, and teaching them, and hugging them, and loving them (and yes, even rolling your eyes at them, because sometimes you can’t help it when they’re having an absolute fit because they can’t fold their shirt correctly). And you hope you get it right more than you get it wrong, often enough that it sinks in with them eventually.

This whole parenting thing is tricky enough, but then these pockets of absolute craziness come along, and I’m left going “Dude, where is the handbook for this nonsense?” (As N.C. said, they stopped publishing the handbook when they were on their 98th revision after the first month of publication) And even when you finally (FINALLY) feel like you figure it out, and you do a little celebratory dance, something else changes and you’re back at square one going “oh damn, again?”

 

Jesabes November 4, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Oh yes, I’ve got alllll that going on here, too. I’ve been blaming it on DST plus my husband being gone for the week. The kids are insane. Screaming, crying (sobbing, actually), refusing to sleep…they’re a mess.

Tragic Sandwich November 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Just when I realized that while Baguette screams a lot, she doesn’t whine–she learned to whine.

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