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Motherhood is great and beautiful and all those glorious things, but it’s also overwhelming as heck. Many mothers feel guilty admitting their frustration when it comes to typical tasks such as the never-ending laundry and breaking up silly bickering matches. However, those feelings of frustration are absolutely normal and no one should ever feel guilty for feeling their emotions...especially when they’re pouring over.
For those trying to dry up those overflowing frustrations, below are some realistic suggestions that may help when it comes to redirecting your nerves.
The One Where She Locks Herself in the Bathroom
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“I’ve definitely locked myself in the bathroom the other day and cried in the shower. My son wasn’t feeling well and all he wanted was me. Sometimes, it just gets to be too much. That was all I needed though to refresh and take a break.” – Becca Benham, mother of three
The One Where She Asks for Help
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“I call on others for help. When I’m getting overwhelmed, I call my mom and ask if she’ll take my daughter for a little while or even for an overnight. My kid loves sleepovers with Mammy and it gives me time to remember who I am again. I’m so lucky to have such an amazing support system to rely on.” – Melani Swartz, mother of one
The One Where She Takes a Long Shower
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“Not for nothin’, but seeing other moms have times where they just feel like they have to cry makes me feel so much better. I ask them to go to their rooms and do a quiet activity... coloring, crafts, whatever. Until I can collect myself enough to continue.” – Ashley Schmidt, mother of two
The One Where She Rocks Headphones
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“When I'm overwhelmed, I put headphones on, listen to a podcast or not-child-friendly music, and clean the kitchen or mop the floor. My kids know not to bother Mommy when she has headphones on unless someone is choking, bleeding, or there's fire. Typically whenever I resort to this, it's late in the day and my husband comes home from work and finds me scrubbing things while blocking out the noise around me.” – Cari Roraback, mother of two
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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