I am writing on behalf of a dear friend of mine. Her husband passed away last month, quite unexpectadly, leaving behind my pregnant friend and their 2 year old son. She just delivered their baby a couple of weeks ago and her son is a mess. He refuses to listen to anything she says, runs around trashing the place and rarely shows kindness to the new baby sister. (Except while tandem nursing, then he's always gentle.) So I'm asking all you experienced or maybe not-so-experienced single mamas to share suggestions, advice and/or love. She's coping with the traumatic loss of her husband and trying desperately to be available and helpful to her two children. She has lots of family support, but they often give in to the toddler b/c they feel so bad for him. This is only making it worse for her! I know she feels desperate and often much like a failure. We certainly appreciate your thoughts! Thanks!!!!
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5/22/02 at 6:38pm