I'm not very good at straight-up SAH parenting either, so I started a small business that puts my lovely college degree to work. I work about 10 hours a week. It helps some.
There in a thread here on MDC about 'parental rage.' You want want to search for it (I think it is under self development or whatever that part was/is called. Sometimes you need a break, and if you are feeling down or whatever it might be hard to get that break.
Routines help--for the kids and for us... so does tea and a story on cd/tape/ or a short movie (if you do tv).
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.
Or I take a bubble bath with her. She happily plays on one end with her toys and I lay back or sit on the other end with a mask on or something haha
Put her on my back in the ergo and take a walk.
Put her in her high chair with some food and get online
Sometimes just putting in ear plugs helps me feel like im getting some time. They noise get to me, Im really sensetive to it. Doesnt matter if it's fussing or joyous screaming my ears are sensitive.
Of course that all works with one. I dont know about 2.
Maybe call a friend to come over?
When I really feel burnt out I get DH to take her for a long walk. House to myself is always a good pick me up.
Iowaorganic- mama to DD (1/5/06), DS1 (4/9/07), DS2 (1/22/09), DS3 (12/10/10), DD2 (7/6/12) and a new kid due in early 2014
We do get out of the house daily to go to a museum, the library, or an indoor park. Yesterday we went to the library. My DS is very active and it is stressful to take him out sometimes because he throws a fit if he is unable to explore everything. (And sometimes that is not possible for safety reasons.) But, if he doesn't get out, he starts destroying the house. So, it is much easier if we get out daily.
Anyway, it has all been weighing heavily on me lately, and my patience level is depleted.
s - JW writing wifey to j (11/03) and mommy to s (10/04), l (8/08), j (8/09), and little s (12/12)
Sleep deprivation, being "stuck" (and blessed! to be) at home, etc can really take it out of you and shorten that fuse.
A little perspective - my husband has been working long hours, and my son has been on a bit of a nap strike.
Sometimes I'll declare a "slumber party," pull out the sofa bed, make some popcorn, put on a DVD, and we'll all hang out. It's really just sitting there watching a movie (i.e., a rest for mom!), but it seems special to the kids because it has a fun name and there's fun snacks involved.
ETA: I'm a WAH editor too -- I sooooooo know how you feel!!
Being with your kid(s) 24/7 can be a blessing, but it can also be VERY exhausting.
I reached a breaking point last week, and finally told DH that we need to get help. Just knowing I'm going to get some breaks in the future has improved my outlook a LOT!
I wish you the best!
For instance, DH was away these last couple of days for work, and his mom was really not doing well, so I spent pretty much all of yesterday morning and part of the afternoon on the phone with her, calling care facilities, arranging home care support, etc. My kids probably felt neglected because I wasn't able to play with them, plus DS had some sort of flu and was feverish, puking and understandably cranky. I started losing my patience, so ended up turning on the TV for an hour before dinner so I could check my email, log onto MDC and get some 'me time'.
I did the same today. I figure an hour of appropriate kid friendly TV is better than having me lose it, so I just cut myself some slack. I used to never turn on the TV during the day, but I'm now finding a use for it!