The Cure for Stressed Out Single Mom-itis

by Linda Mintle, Ph.D

Question: I am a single mom with three children ages 5, 7, and 9. I am stressed out. I find myself yelling at my kids and annoyed every time they want something. It seems I can’t even get in the shower some days. I need a break, but have no money to really go anywhere. Any suggestions? Read more…

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3 thoughts on “The Cure for Stressed Out Single Mom-itis

  1. I used to have the very same problem. I studied it carefully and literally took a class on it. I told myself I wasn’t going to die and I took deep breaths and got a treadmill and exercise machine in my garage so I could exercise. It took a long time but it worked. I did it one step at a time. I suggest you take a time out and verbally tell your kids you are taking a time out. During your time out take deep breaths and repeat to your self that you and your kids are going to be fine. I strongly urge you to make your kids take a walk with you so you get some exercise. I may have some more information on this but I will have to search for it. I hope this helps. If you are interested I will see if I have my old handouts or speech.

  2. Put all your babies to bed early at the same time every night then when the kids are asleep that is your time to do what you want. Read, watch the t.v. shows you have missed, take a long bath, or whatever it is you have missed out on.

  3. I am a mother of 5 single and no help with the kids. I recently took on another teen who would have been homeless (unstable parent). In essence i have 6 kids 3 are teens. I am at my witts end. I feel like i am useless with my kids. Ive tried chores, talking to them etc…. they sneak behind my back and do things that they shouldnt. I am just passed stressed out, I just need to leave for a while but dont know how long. For the first time I feel like I cant do this. The oldest is 17 my two teens are 14 and 15. We cant seem to relate to each other. I feel so helpless as a parent. Hoping I can assist w/ them becoming successful productive people who are genuinely good people. This is bigger than me I dont know what to do….please help

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