Top 10 Mommy Meltdown Moments

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Life as a mom is full of moments that make our life beautiful and wonderful but also of many, many moments that we are not so proud of. I wish tantrums or meltdowns were only a toddler’s domain but unfortunately we moms also suffer these meltdowns, no thanks to our little ones. Here is a funny but real take on top 10 mommy meltdown moments in a mom’s life that make us scream, yell, sob and more.

Disclaimer : All these situations may or may not have occurred with me and I may or may not have exclaimed some four letter expletives. 

 Bedtime antics

You have read The Hungry Caterpillar for the 10th time that night and your tot says “just one more book, mom”. You decide to be magnanimous and decide to oblige her, few minutes later she decides that she is hungry now and only a glass of lukewarm with her favorite chocolate topping will do. Of course, she will take forever to down that cup of milk which will lead to one more round to the bathroom and another battle of the toothbrush. By the end of it mad mommy is at the end of her rope and screaming “GO TO SLEEP NOW”.

The illogical tirade 

The kid is bawling his eyes out, face puffy, nostrils flaring and incoherent words coming out of his mouth. You can make neither head nor tail of what is causing this explosive scene only catching bits and pieces of the one way conversation. “Can’t find teddy”, “cousin P touched my juice”, “wanted the red candy not green” and so on. You try every trick in your armor to turn the situation but no success since you can’t go beyond that screeching whining going on. All mommy wants to do at this time is to put some earplugs and smile like a lunatic.

Privacy pirates

 It has been a hectic day of managing never ending chores, dealing with one after the other situation and all you want to do is soak in a bath for some quiet time or have a refreshing long shower. But 2 minutes into the bath and the door goes BANG BANG BANG. Mommy I need to go pee or poop or worse I have stuck a toy piece stuck up my nose. If only you knew that being a mom meant never going to the bathroom alone, I think most of us would have reconsidered.

 Stuff  my kid ruined 

I have lost two, yes you read right, two Iphones to water (actually one was dunked in cereal), around 10-15 dresses ruined because of paint, food even grease stains and countless number of my books, my precious books torn from cover to cover. You know you have completely lost the plot when your brand new mp3 player is found flushed down the toilet.

Toy room mess

You can’t believe your eyes, the playroom you just organized a few minutes earlier with every toy in its perfect place, all the puzzles in their respective boxes and the stuff toys lined up like they should be, is a MESS. Not an ordinary mess, the -you can look for it all night but you won’t find that missing wooden alphabet- kind of mess. After your umpteenth lesson about putting the toys back in their labelled boxes, nothing has changed. What’s a mom to do but grab a trash bag and dump them out. I meant the toys, not the kids.

Daddy trump 

 It is the ultimate trump card for kids. Mom says” no candy before bedtime” but dad said “it is okay to have one”.  Mom said “no cartoons after 8 pm” but Dad says “okay honey, 5 more minutes”. Aaarrgh!! Mushy Daddy is a pushover and all this angry mom can do is scream in silence.

Going going gone!

 You KNOW that bowl of cereal is going to fall down the way your toddler is carrying it and you say as much. The overconfident tot says no mom, it won’t and then in freeze motion you see your favorite cushion completely drenched in milk and honey loops. Another scenario, you have warned your little one that the way she is slurping her strawberry milk it will fall and stain her favorite t-shirt but to no avail. Not only do you have to change right before you were set to leave but you also have to manage  a distraught child and wish  for 10 more hands to manage all the tasks your klutzy monster creates for you.

The poop plan 

You asked 15 times if she wanted to poop before you went to that crowded fair or wedding or whatever. Every time she said an emphatic NO! Five minutes into the place and she goes I need to poop RIGHT NOW!!  As a mom smelly public bathrooms are something you want to avoid at any cost but thanks to poop machine personified, there you are holding your nose and willing the task to get finished as soon as possible.

Morning Madness

 You pray every night that to god, “please let this school morning be different than every other” but no that is not to be. You wake up a whining, crying child who is contorting her body in ways you didn’t think was possible. You drag the wily body to the bathroom where you have to pry open her mouth to brush her teeth, restrain her to take her bath and develop agile movements to dress her before she collapses on the bed while throwing a tantrum. Somehow you manage to down that glass of milk in her throat, get her to school on time and finally reach home. And realization strikes that you have to repeat all this again tomorrow morning and probably for a long time to come. Gah!!

 It is all in the public

Probably the one thing that affects all mothers equally is how their children behave in the public. Us mothers, we are a judgmental lot and it is most often when we are in public that our sanity and mothering skills are put up to judgement by our munchkins. Remember that time when you son laid down on the mall floor screaming at the top of his lungs for one more overpriced balloon. Or that time when your cherubic daughter suddenly went ballistic and started pulling the hair out of that perfectly innocent play date to your horror. These are the kind of times you wish you were swallowed whole by a black hole or you could at least trade places with your husband.

 As much as we love our children, there are moments in our life when we don’t enjoy being a mom (whether working or a stay-at-home mom) and it is okay to have those bad mommy moments too. Whatever challenges you faced before your pre-mommy days, nothing prepares you for the sheer stress yet the utter joy that motherhood is. It sometimes take these difficult moments for us to realize and cherish the countless wonderful moments that our children bring to our life. We are not perfect and neither are our children but there is always the promise of tomorrow.

Have you experienced any maddening moments as mom?

No place better to share them than comments below. 

 

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  1. Yes, check check check to all of the above! I have bitten almost half of my tongue out by now in an attempt not to scream through the day, you know ;) Dressing up to go somewhere with time clicking against me will almost definitely lead to a mommy meltdown!! And it seems to me the more harried I become the more the kidlet dawdles..hmm..
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    • I feel your pain Nidhi, it is as if they decide to torment you as much as possible. Although obviously they are clueless to what is causing the rage inside you. The best solution for me when I experience a mommy meltdown seems to remove myself from that situation for a while and then once the head clears I try to tackle it. But of course it has a success ratio of 50:50 :)

  2. What a fun post. Enjoyed thoroughly. While going through the post I can so relate everything stated above with me. From these top 10 meltdown I have to experience at least 5-6 everyday. Kids these days have power to make their mommy a ‘Super Mommy’ :)
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    • Thanks Disha and welcome to The Mom Views. I know most mommies would relate with half these situations on daily basis. Our only solace being that one day our kids will become parents too and will get their own share of meltdown moments. Ha ha. You are right kids nowadays just know all the wrong buttons to push and turn their mom into a ninja. :)

  3. What an awesome site with a wealth of info.. absolutely loved it:)

  4. Hey…simply fabulous…the concept of the site n the article…i can very well experience it already with my two n half year old walking angel…… :) feel as if motherhood tales are only left to be read now with kiddies turning naughtier day by day…yup but have started to respect my mom a lot more after turning into a mom myself!!!!

  5. Saru Singhal says:

    Gosh, I am scared now. Being a mom is a job as well as overtime. I remember once I was talking to an American lady and we are discussing days and she said ‘Every day is Children’s Day, once you are a mother, you will know what I mean.’ :)

  6. Ahh what a relatble post to Mothers,can almost relate with all the melt downs mentioned,creating lot of challenges for Moms but yes at the end of day even instrospect in same manner even their are areas still we can work on…And utlimately kids are responsible for making life lovely and lively.

    • Hey Ashu, thanks for the comment and yes I totally agree kids make us crazy but life without them is unimaginable, crazier and absolutely empty. :)

  7. Yes, agree with all and wrote something similar on http://amayzmom.com/2013/07/10/the-case-for-stay-at-home-moms/

    • Thanks a lot Shivangi and read your post. It was so sweet and funny, took me back to the baby years of my preschooler. :)

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