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Q&A: Staying calm tips for new moms?

Sometimes, when life as a mom gets really overwhelming, I just feel like I'm going to snap... and maybe at my child. What can I do when this starts to happen?

Re: Sometimes, when life as a mom gets really overwhelming, I just feel like I'm going to snap... and maybe at my child. What can I do when this starts to happen?

The Bump Expert

I was making dinner the other day and suddenly found myself with my pants pulled down! I looked down to find my 16-month-old daughter with one of my pants legs in one hand and my three-year-old daughter with my other pant leg in her hands. Both were screaming “UP-EEEE” as loud as they could and crying. As I continued to observe this surreal moment, my husband walked into the kitchen and said “sexy!"  And then I cried…

Probably the biggest issue I struggle with every day with my children is how to keep calm and not lose my temper. I can now write this and laugh, but it is shocking how hard it is to keep ourselves calm during times of stress with our kids. Parents often whisper to me that they yell back at their children or fear that they will “lose it” one of these days. They whisper as though they are the only ones who have ever done these things or felt this way.

So let’s get real here! We all have to work hard every day to be patient and keep our cool. Here are some ideas that may help you to keep calm when things get extra hot:

[  ] Hire a babysitter, even if for just a few hours a week.

[  ] Keep an extra pair of earplugs in the car when you are stuck and your child is crying.  Trust me…you will still be able to hear them but it certainly takes the edge off!

[  ] Make yourself a mellow mix on your iPod to put on when you have reached your limit.

[  ] Make sure your children are occupied with a game or the television if you need a few minutes to collect yourself… yes... I said TV. If it’s between yelling and TV, I vote TV and I’m sure your children will agree.

[  ] Get enough sleep, if you can. Make sure you go to bed early and that your children are getting the sleep they need as they will be less irritable.

[  ] Make sure you and your children are eating enough and frequently enough to decrease irritability.

Just remember to ask for help when you need it. There are certainly a multitude of groups out there (Mommy and Me Classes, Gymboree, the forums on our site) for us moms to vent our frustrations to. And the next time you see a mom with her child throwing the tantrum of a lifetime, stop and just give her a sympathetic smile… because you’re next!

Lisa Peri

Q&A: Staying calm tips for new moms?

I have an eight months baby and I understand you very well.When I feel that I am too nervous I am trying to do something that relaxes me such as watching a movie,listening music or playing tarot readings with my mother.

AidaRoRo |

Q&A: Staying calm tips for new moms?

Remember to always take time for yourself. Distracting my 10month old with snacks while I try and "clean" or "cook" is always helpful for me! I suggest if your trying to accomplish something and they are almost "distracting you" take a deep breath and remember they'll be grown and out of the house in no time ....dinner can be 10minutes late. I find when their asking for attention, step away from whatever your doing, give them the attention and then get back to what you were doing. This will let them know you "put them first" and it won't be so hard for you to let them know not to distract you at that moment if they return to you wanting for you to pick them up!

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Q&A: Staying calm tips for new moms?

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Q&A: Staying calm tips for new moms?

The time I get really frustrated is when he fights his sleep like crazy. When he naps I lay him in my bed, lay next to him and hold him till he falls asleep, and sometimes he just pulls my hair, scratches my face etc. then when I put his arm down and hold him closer he cries and pushes me away. I know he's tired and needs it but I don't know about you but I don't enjoy having my hair pulled, face scratched and a little finger going up my nose or in my mouth! I can only say 'no thank you' so many times.... At bed time we use to rock him to sleep but he would bow his back up and scream so much that we have switched to letting him roll around and when he actually cries go back in there and retuck him in however many times it takes. Then when hes close to giving in we rub his eyebrows or his hair. This of course is all after our routine of bath and story time...

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