I recently came across a post titled “Motherhood: The Big Fat Fuck You.”
Of course I clicked on it, along with hundreds of thousands of other folks (over 91,000 of whom shared it on Facebook). And I read it, and nodded along. In it, the author talked about losing it when one of her seven (!) children disobeyed her. Again. It wasn’t just about her eight year old changing the channel on TV when she wasn’t supposed to, it was about the cumulation of so many things–tantrums, negotiations, a husband who travels a lot. It was about feeling exhausted, worn out, wrung out, and unappreciated.
I know what that feels like.
The author also said she feels ashamed about what had happened, and that she wishes she had dealt with the situation better.
I know what that feels like, too.
The rest of my thoughts about this tough issue are over on my Mindful Parenting blog on PsychCentral.com.