Been single mum for 7 years and it was a really good decision, but today was tough. My eldest of 3 is 13 and autistic, so pretty full on. I just got cross and really needed someone to tell me if I was having a bad day and overreacting or if my children really were being hard work. I can normally take myself out of the situation and think it though, but could have done with someone today, anyone else wish they had a sounding board at times?
I understand where you are coming from, it’s extremely challenging being a single parent and totally understandable how you felt/reacted today. What I find helpful is sometimes it is best to walk away from a situation for a while into a different room perhaps, but appreciate sometimes we don’t have the time and/or things can overwhelm us. This results in how you felt today when you reflected on whether you were overreacting or whether your children were being hard work, it could be a bit of both but that is totally normally and understandable.
There are plenty of us on here to support and listen, always feel free to reach out whenever you need a “sounding board”.
Thank you for you reply, my problem is my eldest will just follow me and try to wind me up more by doing things he knows he’s not allowed to! He really struggles with knowing how to back down or admit he is wrong, so tends to escalate things instead (I’m working on this with social stories…), so I’m quite practised at acting calm, just today was too much, most of the time love being a single mum though 🙂
Yes, all the time! Then you feel like a crap mum for shouting/ loosing it. I try to remember he’s just being a kid and I’m doing a job meant for two people as well as working full time. Try not to be hard on yourself and find new coping mechanisms . Feel free to message me for a chat when you’re ready. X
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