Daddy’s in timeout and it’s a teachable moment

Despite all the positive thoughts and optimistic approach to this morning, it’s become a fucking nightmare. Emmett is freaking out, Elliott is not being super cooperative and Gavin won’t stop talking to me. I swear to God, if I had any hair left, I’d be pulling it out right now.

I’m taking a few minutes to myself right now and putting myself in timeout. I figured I would make this a teachable moment and hopefully something positive will come from this disaster.

Rather than continue beating my head into the wall and losing what little sanity I have left, I’m putting myself in timeout for a few minutes.

I’m someone who has a great deal of patience with my kids but even I have my limits. Without question, I’ve reached my limits this morning and rather than losing my cool, I’m taking a few minutes to write this while I calm down. ☺

We all have our limits. When we feel ourselves reaching said limits, it’s extremely important that we pull back for a short while and regroup. Have a cup of coffee or tea. Maybe say you have to run to the bathroom and just hide behind the closed door for a few minutes.

It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s not harmful and helps you to center yourself. This is also a great example to set from your kids as well.

The last thing in the world any of us need is to reach a breaking point and simply snap. Nothing good will come from that and everyone will be far worse off than if you’d just taken a few minute to yourself. I know it’s not easy but it’s really important.

1 comment

    • Basil on July 5, 2020 at 1:19 am
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    Hi Rob,

    Just wanted to say that I admire your restraint in putting yourself in timeout:

    I have ONLY ONE auti, 1 ADHD and 2 ‘normal’ kids…and 1 BPD girlfriend…and I’m goin NUTS!

    My (AS) son has been staying with my parents for a week, because I’m…done…. if this isn’t already a burnout, then I hope I don’t actually break when it will hit.

    I waited too long before asking for help: I shouted, screamed, broke some stuff.

    For anyone reading comments:

    Everybody depending on YOU need you to be as fit as you possibly can. Burnout is NOT fit!

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