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I am trying to go to school online and still have plenty of time to spend with my 4 year old daughter and 18 month old twins. Somedays I just want to pull my hair out! I feel like there isn't enough of me to go around! I need some stress relief! Any suggestions?
Sounds like you need some "Me Time". I have been really stressed out lately with working full-time and trying to still take care of housework and my 4 year old and 11 month old. Sometimes I take a day off of work and take the baby to daycare and just spend the day with my oldest son. This is a great way to unwind and still spend some time with the kids. I also try to get my husband to spend some time with the oldest so I can spend some quality alone time with the baby. I would also suggest getting a babysitter and go see a movie or get a massage. I find I have to have some "Me Time" or I get too cranky to really take care of my family.
God talking about me time...I need some of that I have a 26 month old and a 6 week old I have not have 4 hrs straigth sleep since my new born, and the todler became such a lil booger since the baby was born, seams like he will do anything to have my attenton 24/7 like if the baby cry he cryes, ifa baby need a diaper change he wants one too!!! he was starting to use the potty and now he wont even get close 2 it gr... my day is all feeding ether one of the kids, changing diapers, making dinner, laundry, cleaning bla bla bla, some times i feel like i wanna cry too!!! But at the end of the day they are the most precious thing i could ever have, I know some time does not make sence but is true :)
Wow! Sounds like your cup runeth over -- and over. I remember those days, and EJLeigh is right. You need to take some scheduled me-time. Can you lean on a friend, partner, or relative for a few hours a week to sneak off to the library and do your schoolwork? Or go see a movie? Or just pass out?
I found that scheduling out and delegating responsibilities went a long way toward keeping some semblance of balance. I went to school FT, worked FT, and was a single mom (though of only one baby at the time). It's tough, but getting help from your support system is really the best way to get through these stressful years.
Wow..do I know what you are going through. I am a nurse and mother of 3 small children (5,3,1) and I am also pregnant with our 4th child (due October).
The best thing I ever did was to join a local gym club that had a spa, hot tubs, pools and free childcare. The kids can go to the kids club for up to 2 hours a day and they get to play basketball, play on the computers, color and even play in a slide and tunnel maze.
Meanwhile, I can workout....or use the free WIFI to catch up on work (or in your case, schoolwork). Somedays, I even use it to schedule a much needed pedicure, facial or prenatal massage. This gives me a relaxing break while the kids are having a blast.
When we are done, everyone is much happier. The kids have had fun playing with the other children and I got a much needed break. Needless to say, the rest of the night is a breeze! Hope this helps....good luck