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Sloane Heffernan: Zero to crazy

Posted October 21, 2013

It doesn't take much to push me over the edge. I can be carrying on like "Little Susie Homemaker" when all of a sudden I turn into "Mother Dearest" (minus the wire hangers, of course).

I can manage to stay calm until about the fifth time that I have to ask my kids to do something and it's still not done.

I also keep my cool until it's about a half-hour after bedtime and my little ones continue to come downstairs for "one more thing."

It's that moment when my kids come to the table for dinner and declare how gross the meal looks before even taking a bite, that makes me go from zero to crazy.

I am pretty predictable when it comes to what makes my head spin, so I find it interesting how my kids haven't caught onto what sets me off.

I am certainly not proud of my behavior at those times, but sometimes I can't control it. I feel like a volcano ready to blow, and next thing I know the lava is spewing all over the house.

The problem is, I don't like that person that I become when I reach the end of my rope. I am trying to work on it, because my kids don't like that person either.

It's been said that being a parent is the hardest job you'll ever love. I love my kids with all my heart, I just wish they didn't drive me crazy.

Sloane is a reporter and anchor for WRAL-TV and the mom of three. She writes monthly for Go Ask Mom.


 

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  • snowl Oct 22, 2013

    I don't think you were asking for advise. Don't blame yourself for how you feel. You deserve respect from your kids. Keep on keepin' on, as they say, before long they will be grown and your hard work will be rewarded with grandchildren that go home with their parents! lol

  • raleighboy524 Oct 22, 2013

    It always helps to have someone to talk to. I would suggest seriously considering counseling to help devise strategies to help you develop better coping skills. As I see it, the risk is that you're teaching your children that such behavior is "normal." While I am not saying it is "abnormal" in a clinical sense, it is behavior that should be addressed to help guide your outbursts into expressions of frustration and anger that are more socially and parentally acceptable, and which model that behavior to your children, so that they can also model it to their children when they become parents.

  • lagniappe342 Oct 22, 2013

    You are a great mom and you're doing a GREAT job!! :)

  • mz007 Oct 22, 2013

    I am reading Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst. It is totally helping! BECAUSE I can totally relate!

  • ncsurocks Oct 22, 2013

    I can relate 100%!!

  • br549znc Oct 22, 2013

    They need to have a healthy respect for you. Don't worry about it.

  • aliciasummerain Oct 22, 2013

    What a cute article - we have all had those moments.