Do you get frustrated with your children and you take a timeout?

@sabrinam (1204)
United States
November 10, 2006 9:06am CST
Do you sometimes find you have to walk away from your kids to keep your cool?
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I get frustrated but they are left to choose their own path at 29 and 26
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@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
12 Nov 06
So how is life for you now, do you do all those things you didn't when they were young? Like, I wanna go back to school full time, we're gonna build a bigger house that has everything we want in it, without regard to building in a good school discrict this time :), I wanna do a lot of traveling. Do you find it's easier to live as a couple with your spouse now and enjoy each other; if you have one that is.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
I hear ya. I have a 19 year old girl that was born knowing it all. Now she is pregnant and lives 3 hours away. Her boyfriend got mad at us and says we "hand her everything". But yet I just got a phone call that they wanted our christmas tree if we weren't going to use it. I will set it a blaze before I "hand" it too her!!
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@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Kids and their know-it-all ways, I have to admit that at 19 I was stupid as I could get and acted like it too, my mom however truly is crazy and we stopped talking a year ago after she called CPS on my sister. We all have to grow up sometime though. Unfortunately most of the time a lot of pain is inflicted before that happens.
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@srhelmer (7031)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
10 Nov 06
Sometimes. And, it's better to do that then lose you temper to the point you try to harm them.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I was a cool temper tantrum when I was a child
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@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I've always walked away when I get really mad at my son, he has this attitude at 9 that drives me nuts sometimes.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
Yes. When it gets really bad and I'm starting to lose my temper over every little thing I know it is time for Mommy to take a time-out. I usually lock myself in the bathroom for 20 minutes with the water running. It is harder now that we don't live in my dad's house because we only have 1 bathroom (for 5 people). There are sometimes, though, that I feel like I can't escape. If I am in the bathroom they are banging on the door screaming at me. I will try to have some quiet time in my room but it doesn't lock so they just walk right in. There is no where else I can go to be alone. It becomes overwhelming at times.
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@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
23 Nov 06
Wow, sounds like they've forgotten who's running the show in your house! Good luck to you!
@KimMaple (1195)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I do sometimes. I go in my bathroom and shut the door and have 10 minutes to myself and they know not to bother mommy.
@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
12 Nov 06
That's always good, I had to do that a lot when my son was younger, now not so much because he'll go to his room when I tell him, when they're young even if they're in their room sometimes they're in there screamin and cryin, deliberately trying to get your attention, which defeats the purpose of putting them in there in the first place. This is why we only have ONE! LOL. That was hard enough, since making a decent man out of a boy is getting harder with each year, my one boy is the only one, and he's fine with that I think :)
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@Aali311 (6125)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I find that happening alot lately, especially with my soon to be three year old, he's becoming very difficult.
@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
12 Nov 06
OMG, I think from age 3 - 5 I did not take my son in public for anything, when i did he threw a fit every time. One time he did it in blockbuster because I said no to him having candy and he put himself on the ground screaming! I was SO mad! I picked him up and we left, I told him when we got in the car I was going home aunt april was going to keep him and I was coming back for MY movie and not his because of the way he acted, he begged all the way home to go back. I didn't and he didn't get his movie and he never did that again. Least not at blockbuster, lol. He did it one more time at Walmart. I devised a better plan after that :)
• United States
12 Nov 06
yes i have an 18 yr old daughter and sometimes we both need a day out instead of a few minutes away from each other..when my parents told me one day i would get everything back i did ...boy they wasnt kidding
@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
12 Nov 06
My mom used to wish on me that I get tenfold of what I did to her. I'm in trouble if it comes true. LOL
@pumpkinjam (6860)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov 06
Yes, I would be surprised if anyone said they had never got frustrated with their children. It's normal. Sometimes even when they are being really good, they are frustrating if they talk all the time and ask loads of questions! I will usually walk away for a little while if I feel really frustrated but most of the time, I just need to take deep breaths and try to cope with them! I think I am quite lucky because my boys are fairly well behaved but I do get frustrated with my 6 year old because he can not sit still or stop talking!
• United States
12 Nov 06
yes I do and that is the best way to handle it. If all parent would do that it would eliminate a lot of child abuse. I am the mother of 4 children and 2 step children. And there has been lots of times that I have had to leave the house to calm down. I'll get in my car and take a ride around the block. It helps me to figure out how I'm gonna handle the situation in a good manner.