What do you do when your kids drive you crazy?

@rustantl (258)
United States
September 1, 2008 7:57pm CST
Have your kids ever gotten so hyper they drive you crazy? What do you do at this point to stay sain?
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• United States
2 Sep 08
I tell them mommy needs a time out and I try to go in the next room for a breather. Also, I keep a picture from when my daughter was a couple days old in the hospital after surgery and I remember all the promises I made to her if she would get better and it makes me feel thankful to have her driving me crazy.
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@jammyt (2824)
• Philippines
2 Sep 08
Hey thanks for the idea. i'll try to look at her picture when she was in the hospital too after all her surgeries, then I'd probably feel the same way you do. thank you!
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• United States
2 Sep 08
It sincerely helps me put things into perspective. But I only save that for the times when I am really upset because it gets me very emotional thinking back to then. good luck!
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Ironically enough mostly everyone that meets our children, say they are so well behaved that it's become the family joke. When our kids are too loud, or something, we simple let them know that they are too loud. They understand to tone it down or else, they will get a time out, have to go take a nap (which is the least favorite). And usually after they wake up, they are back to themselves and ready to act civilized again. We instituted the time outs and sudden mid-day naps as the spankings were not always effective. Overall our though our Trio is pretty well behaved and others describe them to be. We are proud and thankful to God for allowing us to oversee them while their young and giving us the opportunity to learn from them as well. We stay sane by separating them. You see together their powerful and the noise level is sometimes not tolerable. But if you divide them up send one to a row. Send one to take a nap. Or giving them some wonderful chores to do. After all the house is usually sometimes un-kept, because you see toys everywhere. Hope some of my suggestions are help-ful in your quest for peace and harmony in your home.
@jammyt (2824)
• Philippines
2 Sep 08
This is very challenging indeed. I try to count 1 to 10. If I know that I would still lose it, I continue counting then I turn around and leave.... then I ask my husband to take over. Sometimes, I try not to make it affect me so I wont ruin my day.
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• Canada
2 Sep 08
There have been numerous times that my son's hyper antics have driven me crazy... sometimes I just try and ignore it... but if I feel like I'm gonna blow my fuse and start screaming and freaking out... I put myself into my room and tell him that I need to go on time out because I'm getting really cranky... he usually tends to understand that. I then go into my room and read a book or just lie there and try and calm down, until I can think of a way to handle the situation that is fair and nice for everyone.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
3 Sep 08
depends on their age. my 7 year old gets talked to and given a time out or gets sent to his room to play. my 2 year old, we just kinda deal with or we play with her to wear her out. we also try to distract her with toys or other things that are quieter. If they are old enough to go unsupervised or you have someone to watch them for 10-15 minutes i go take a shower and blast my favorite music so i can't hear them. then when i'm calmed and feel refreshed i go and calmly try to wind them down if they aren't already calm.
@Anne18 (11036)
2 Sep 08
If i can i take them for a hike to wear them out. The telly normally calms them down as they don't always watch a lot of telly. Or I sit them at there desks in the playroom and tel lthem they can't move until I say and if they aren't quite they'll go to bed early etc
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Drive me crazy? Of course. Sometimes. I have a young son about to become five soon. He may be one child but he can be a handful. He can have a temper when he doesn't get his way. I guess that can be normal for most kids. I lose my temper and patience sometimes but I usually can handle it with the help of my husband. I try to have as much patience as possible and then at some point it usually irons itself out.