I am looking for tips on how I can cope with life for the next several months and not have a nervous breakdown. I am married with five children. My older three are 16, 13, and 12 and from my first marriage and their father is not involved with them, we have full custody and he does not get regular visitation. My younger two are from my current marriage and are 4 and 8 months.
For the past five years, my dh has been attending school in some form at night while working full time. For the last year and a half he has been going full time at night to finish. I had been coping okay, but the last several months I have reached a breaking point and am close to emotional breakdown.
I have been handling all discipline, school and extracurricular activities for the older kids, breastfeeding the baby, dealing with teething, etc., and don't know how much more I can take. DH graduates on the 17th, and recently got a new job, (yay!) I am very excited...but...the new job is in tax accounting at a public firm and since he starts in January, I will pretty much be what is deemed a "tax widow". He will be working 80 hour weeks during tax season so my situation will not immediately change.
I desperately need tips on how to cope for the next few months without breaking down. I am exhausted but don't know of any real way to change anything. I have put the baby in parent's day out one day a week and have decided the older kids will help with general housework or I will not provide any rides, cooked food, etc., Beyond this does anyone have coping strategies for my situation till I can get my husband back, lol?