thanks you guys. I already feel like I overdid it yesterday and am having a slow start today. I had to cancel my 11:00 and am now just concentrating on getting to my 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. I know I can do it if I just get dressed and out the door. My husband is home sick and needing a lot of attention and neither of us felt up to driving our son to preschool so he's here and requesting numerous things. How much do I really feel like playing Candy Land right now? yet if I don't play it before I leave this afternoon, the guilt will be worse than the pain and fatigue. I can't imagine what it must be like having several children. I snap at mine too when I'm just too tired to answer question after question after question. I feel like it's enough that I'm giving up what I want to do to sit on the bed and watch the science channel with him, or worse, Noggin ("it's like preschool on tv") without having to talk through the whole thing. I try to be patient. I am after all, a child psychologist, but then I just snap. The great thing about kids though is they are so resilent and they know they are loved no matter what and somehow they allow for those little bad parent moments. He's playing quietly with his trains now but he'll be back.
Question: does anyone else experience finger, wrist, and forearm pain when they type? This is getting really obnoxious for me.
Going to work can be a break for me too. My doctor told me to stop working because of the stress and I told him, my stress is all at home. I have 3 kids, 10, 13, & 15 and a husband that sounds a lot like yours. I can really relate to the kids overwelming you. Why do they always need attention at the same time and I am so tired of watching spongebob square pants while my 10 year old explains everything that is going on. I bite my tongue a lot so that I don't snap (although it does occasionally happen). You are right, the kids bounce back quickly and it helps to say "I'm sorry, I was having a bad day".
Take care, don't overdo it and please don't drive if you are to tired.