Yesterday's episode is pretty much what it's like around here all day, every day, only with a lot more yelling. And I'm sick of it. I'm sick of feeling thisclose to being completely out of control with my kids. I'm tired of yelling. I'm tired of feeling constantly annoyed by them. It sucks, but I don't know how to end that cycle.
They do not listen. Even when I get down to their level and explain calmly and firmly that I don't want them to do X, Y or Z. The second I let them go, they run off to do X, Y or Z. Usually, it's Boo doing this, but The Bug will follow her lead, more often than not. There are consequences when this happens - they have to stop playing outside, the TV gets shut off, whatever. But it does no good. The behavior continues until I'm ready to shriek and start throwing things.
What do you do when you're at the end of your rope, when you just can't take it any more? Because what I'm doing? So. Not. Working. I'm getting a panicky, desperate feeling about it and I don't like feeling this way about my children.