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Old 07-25-2007, 04:06 AM - Thread Starter
 
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That's probably a horrible title, I don't know, but I am totally losing my mind here!

DS2 is a high needs one year old and DS1 is just... CHATTERY. I feel horrible most of the day because DS2 is demanding so much of my attention and DS1 is just literally always at my side talk...talk...talking! He has never been one to play by himself in his room or anything like that. (BTW he's almost 3)

He will just walk along side me chattering about this and that. I try to respond to him (even though he's already onto the next thing before I get a chance) and I do try to take a lot of time out for him and just the two of us will play (say at DS2's naptime) but it seems like it doesn't help. I don't want to plant him in front of the TV but that is really the only time he is quiet!

Usually the talking is to tell me a stowy, tattling on his little brother, telling me he yuvs me ( OH THE GUILT!) or begging for a snack, a drink, me to play with him. Those are the good things... A lot of time he spends yelling at his little brother (DS2 is a screamer and it drives DS1 crazy... ugh) and whining which is just another part of the problem.

Tonight when DH got home I made an "oh thank God" beeline into our bedroom. He came in after me and I just totally broke down. I just said "I can't stand the sound of his voice for one more minute!!" DS did not hear me say this and I would never in any way make him feel bad for talking. I feel horrible for feeling this but sometimes it is like nails on a chalkboard.

When I call my mom and tell her these things this is the reaction I get -----> Apparantly I was very talkative as a child.

I love DS like crazy and I think he is so cute and sweet and he says the funniest things but sometimes I just need a break from the... noise. Anybody have any tips for me? Earplugs? More play dates so there are other kids to talk to instead of just mommy?

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Old 07-25-2007, 10:56 AM
 
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how about encouraging quiet time in his room? Give him some quiet toys, books, trains, etc., set a timer and tell him he needs to stay in his room and play until the timer goes off. Start small, 5 mins, then work you way up to 15 mins, 30 mins, an hour maybe? If he doesn't nap anymore then this could be his rest time.

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