Mom anger. It does not make sense, it has to be an oxymoron. Such precious little ones, such smart kids, blessed health- how could anger come of this? Others are dealing with bigger issues. These little daily things just can’t be all that stressful. We should be happy and enjoy this time with our children. How could we be so ungrateful? How could anger be present in the midst of the best time in our family’s life?
Yes. Anger happens and you are not alone.
Honestly, children are beautiful; but they are also needy, they often drop things everywhere, and they will say and do things that hurt those they love the most. Have enough children and the day will come that you will drive home and vow to never go out in public again. A child will cry for the better part of an hour while another throws out attitude and dinner must be prepared.
Lisa Jo’s article showed up with perfect timing on this hectic first morning of the week. My spoken prayer for help with bad attitudes- may have only exasperated them more. And I completely neglected to add to that prayer for the one that is always good, the peacemaker- but the one that quietly still has a child’s needs.
I was stunned to read that “mothers of adolescents and adults with autism experience chronic stress comparable to combat soldiers and struggle with frequent fatigue and work interruptions.” ~ Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. So maybe that explains why my vision blurs and teeth hurt when yet another fire needs to be put out around here.
If you ever feel angry as mom, please go read 10 Things To Do Differently *Before* You Lose Your Temper now. There is even a neat printable for your bathroom mirror (or car, or wherever you need it most.) And if you never get frustrated with your children, I do not think we have met.