This post started off this morning with the intent of sharing a bunch of the cool rainy day ideas to keep little kids occupied while they’re inside, and the weather is terrible. We were going to do fun stuff, but instead, Violet and I made breakfast sandwiches and watched ‘Still Alice’ until Olivia got home from school.
It was one of those days that you had the intention of being productive, but the fact that everything kind of engulfs you takes over, and you end up sitting here in your underwear at almost seven o’clock while your husband takes the kids to the swimming pool because he just knows that you need some quiet.
We’ve been in a parenting slump since Sunday with kids that literally won’t stop whining. The talking, screaming at each other, causing destruction around the house and Costco has gone on for three days. We’ve binge-ice-cream-sundaed and argued with each other, in front of the kids, about something I can’t even remember. I’ve screamed at the kids more times than I can count since Sunday. Blame it on the fact that they’ve been wrecking all of the things. Blame it on PMS. Blame it on the fact that I’m feeling overwhelmed and they’re so freaking exhausting, all the time – but we’re in a slump.
The mental exhaustion is the worst part of this parenting thing. Those three day stretches where you’re letting the iPad take the second shift because you just can’t are few and far between – but the last three days? It’s been one of these stretches where parenting just sucks and you want to hide away and eat chocolates and thai food in bed in a hotel somewhere.
It’s so bad that walking through Costco last night I asked Jamie if I already had a particular color in the tees I was holding – he laughed, and reminded me that I was wearing one of them that very morning. Yup, that bad.
Parenting Slumps. They happen.
I read in the Moms group we’re part of the other day about a similar slump about the different ways that Moms turn it around. I laughed out loud at the answer about reading inspiring animal stories, that my bestie sent me a screenshot of, because I was thinking more along the lines of wine and a solid day or two away from the kids.
Parenting slumps happen, and usually a weekend away is one of my best ways to deal with them. That’s not feasible right now since we’re taking the kids away for the weekend, so I’ll settle for Jamie taking the kids swimming so I can get my thoughts in order (while I get the house in order) – because in my head, both things are interconnected. I’ve open the last bottle of wine, made a batch of granola bars and finally downloaded the Cary Brothers album that I’ve been meaning to on iTunes.
Tomorrow will be better. We’ve got Cary Brothers, Snorkel sets and Rainbow bread.