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August 20, 2010

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Jackie (WritRams)

Thanks for the mentions. It's always nice to find other parents who are feeling the same way so you know you aren't going insane...well, at least not alone. ;)

Your "I feel so depleted that the things that I can usually do to handle the everyday stuff that is part of being a mom are harder to do" is so true. I feel like everything is out of control right now and I just can't get it back on track.

But enough about us. Isn't there a child in need somewhere?!? *buzz*

bdogmama

Great post! I've had this "feeling" now (my son is 16 months) that I couldn't really describe, but it feels like I'm "on" at all times. Even when I'm off, I'm still plugged in, drawing a phantom current.

Case in point: This week I worked from home one day, and I nearly had a panic attack. I felt lost, agitated, and couldn't work. I couldn't function in my home without my son there. I couldn't do it! My husband thinks I'm nuts.

I read an op/ed blog (by a man) discussing how when we feel depleted, like a bad parent, or not devoting enough attention to the kids, we should really be asking how to recharge our own batteries. I have no idea, but that sounds like a great concept!


I will say it helps, even if just a little, to see that I'm not alone. And you're not crazy!

Karen T. Smith

Thanks to you both for the comments!

Being on all the time is one of those things that I think is unique to moms, at least to the moms I know (and is uniquely absent in the dads I know...not in a bad way, I just don't think they get this reason for our exhaustion.)

16 months is HARD, but it's full of joyous stuff of laughter, excitement about the temperature of water or the color of a flower, and lots of really funny mangled word pronunciations. Write those down. ;) Great blog fodder.

If you had a link to that blog about asking ourselves how to recharge our batteries, I'd love to read it. I think that would be a useful follow-on. The universal truth from the moms I was talking to yesterday was that we have really not had much solo time in the last 3 months, and that is part of the problem, I believe. Trips to the beach with the kids and some friends are lovely and I'm glad I have the opportunity to do this, but they're not the same as sitting alone in a coffee shop reading a book.

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