Do you ever have those days where you feel like a “broken record”?!?!? Moms you know what I mean, right? From the minute your child’s feet hit the floor, you have to constantly repeat yourself and correct/discipline you child for the same thing or things. Days like this require the patience of a saint! Oh…I definitely had one of those days this past week!
From the moment Bug (my daughter) woke up, it was a battle of the “wills”. I said “right” and she went “left”! I said “up” and she said “down”! I said “no” and she said “yes”! I think you get the picture. How many other mom’s have had a day like this? I felt like I was counting down the hours and minutes until my husband got home! When he walked in the door, “I told him I needed a few minutes and that Bug was all his!” I have never been so grateful for those few minutes to collect myself. I am also grateful that this “broken record day” was short lived.
The purpose of this blog is not to complain about my daughter’s behavior. Honestly, she is usually very good and compliant (just really strong-willed sometimes). It is more about what I realized or learned when I was in the midst of my “broken record day”.
One of the first things I realized was, as adults we have “off days” (days we don’t feel like ourselves or feel good). I know when I have these “off days” the people around me are often impacted (sometimes in a negative way). So if I can have an “off day”, can’t Bug have one too? I think this is possible (especially if she hasn’t gotten enough sleep) While I won’t justify or condone poor behavior, I do realize I need to examine or consider a few more factors on our “broken record days”.
Another thing I realized was how grateful I am to have a husband to help out with Bug. Just when I thought I couldn’t handle another minute, he walked through the door. I was so relieved! It made me think about all the single mothers and fathers out there that don’t have any relief. Honestly, I don’t know how you do it!!! I will be the first to admit you are much stronger than me. I am in awe of your ability to handle raising children on your own and I applaud you.
Probably the biggest thing I learned, days like this are just part of being a mom and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There will be easy days and there will be difficult days ahead. I just have to choose how I will respond. With that being said, can we say Patience…Patience…Patience! While patience is not my strong-point, I am learning! Everyday as a mom is a new adventure. I feel incredibly blessed to be Bug’s mom.
Anyone else experience “broken record days”?!?! If so, how do you deal with them? What causes your children to have “off days”?
Can’t wait to hear from you!