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    Hello all,

    I found myself in the position of being a single mum during lockdown. It was very unexpected but I feel we’ve adjusted well.

    one thing I’m really struggling with is sleep. My two year old co sleeps with me but has started fighting going to sleep at night. It sometimes takes over 2 hours. I love her completely but find this is really testing me as on your own you don’t get a break, you can’t walk away or go to sleep and leave it someone else.

    sometimes my patience breaks and I shout or throw things. I hate myself for this and don’t want to scare her. It’s not me. I feel a little scared.

    im trying to night wean, but something always seems to interrupt it ( teething, trip away, illness…). Plus struggling to find energy to night wean on little sleep.Would appreciate any advice

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    Hi Runningmum

    I’m Michelle one of the Moderators here.  It might help to have a bit of emotional support.  Familylives offer a helpline where you can offload a bit when things are feeling difficult.  Here are their contact details:

    Family Lives – Provide general support to families on issues around parenting, emotional support and just generally coping as a parent 0808 800 2222

    I hope that helps a little

    Kind regards


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