I posted this attached to another thread, but I'm also making a new one. A little piece of the internet that says, "Yes, I hurt my child. It's wrong, and I don't want to anymore" because I've searched, and it is really hard to find that. I have PTSD, anxiety, depression from my less than ideal childhood, and I do not want it to be passed on to my son. He's 28 months. Early on, I was so afraid. I'd tell myself, I have to change -now- before he remembers (like I do) the bad things. I don't want him to have memories like that. I came to the realization that I was lying to myself. They don't have to remember it for it to hurt them for the rest of their lives. I'm going to change. I've realized that I feel like a failure in so many ways as a spouse and SAHM, but the house is just going to have to be dirty until I can fix my parenting first. I found Orange Rhino a couple weeks ago. It's great. But I need another site, one for not hurting. I'm very committed to the philosophy of no spanking, hitting, etc., "We are a non-violent household" ...but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I haven't found what I'm looking for yet, a self-help site that says, "I hurt my child, and I don't want to anymore", so I'm putting this out there. I'm too rough. Sometimes, when I do manage to stop myself from yelling, THAT'S when it can get bad. Instead of yelling out loud, I yell with my actions instead. It's like the reverse of "Use your words!". When I don't use my words, I revert to using force. Today is June 1st. Change starts today, for real. And part of that is being honest, and reaching out.
I hurt my child, and I don't want to anymore.
Welcome to Mothering! We have had other moms post similar threads in the past and hopefully some will chime in and talk to you about how they made a change for the better in this way. And hopefully we can all keep up on your progress if you'll pop in regularly for support.
I've been there. The childhood, the good intentions, the anxiety, the everything. I started Zoloft two weeks ago because doing it myself wasn't working. I've already felt a huge improvement and The Hubby agrees. I have much more patience. I'm glad that it seems I've found a way to change this generational family abuse. I wish you well on your journey.
I haven't considered medication yet because I'm still nursing. I don't take cold medicine, but I do eat fast food once in awhile, and sweets all the time. Crazy how our brain works, right? I see that there are a lot of moms on here that have had similar struggles, and start taking medication. I took Zoloft back in the day, as a teenager/young adult. My anxiety and depression was so much worse then. After I got married, I felt I had a handle on it, and stopped. I do have panic attacks sometimes, but things are so much better than they were that I hadn't considered medication again. I will keep it in mind.
Thanks for sharing what's worked for you, Lazurii. It must be really nice to be able to share that feeling of "it's getting better" with your husband.
I got a lot from the orange rhino site, mainly avoiding the triggers has helped immensely. After I have gotten angry, I take an honest step back and see what caused it. I'm trying too. And wish you well.
I had to come to the humble realization that sometimes I just need a break. I watched myself start to turn into my mother - trying to do it all only own and morphing into that scary mom that I never wanted to be. Luckily, I have a couple friends and an in-law that I can call up and say "I'm about to lose it, can you come over and be with my kids (or take them with you) so I can get out for a half hour?"
That first phone call and admission was really hard, but being able to take a "time out" for my own sanity while knowing my children were cared for shifted a whole lot of things. Gave me space to figure out what my needs were and time to take other steps.
I haven't always been a model parent, but I left that angry, abusive temperament in the past. It is absolutely possible, and your post sounds like you're at that turning point. Good luck and congratulations. And ((((big hugs))))!
Raising a very active, very passionate, and very physical child is one of the top couple hardest things I have ever done. I have an older child and do not remember ever being this tempted to yell, spank, etc. It makes me feel horrible every day, but I am committed to improving.
Thanks for starting this thread and to everyone for contributing.