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Angry Mommy – When Mom Needs a Time Out Too

The other day my son was really pushing it, not listening, throwing things at my head and generally driving me crazy. So what do I do? Yell “Keelan stop it right now! Mommy’s getting mad! You won’t like me when I’m angry!”

And then I realized I was quoting the Incredible Hulk, or technically Bruce Banner before he Hulks out.

incredible hulk

I was at the point where I felt more like I was turning purple than green, but just the realization that I was turning into Mom Hulk made me stop and laugh at my myself. I was being loud and angry and felt like crushing puny humans.

Because what can you really do with a toddler? Yelling and threatening doesn’t help. Beating them is frowned upon. Reasoning doesn’t seem to work either. So I did the only thing I could think of and pulled out the old standard, “GO to your room! Time Out!” Mostly because I needed a time out myself.

It lasted all of a couple minutes before he poked his head out and said he wanted to play with his cars. Somehow that seemed to have pressed a reset button on both of us. I went back to my normal mild mannered self and he went back to his crazy but not too crazy toddler antics.

So what’s your angry mom tactics for calming the rage before you turn into a crazy green monster?

8 replies »

  1. Oh my! I can relate. My kid is 8 and I still lose it. Sad thing is there is really nothing you can do to reason with the little ones. You have to be the better person because theyโ€™re watching and learning from you. Scary! Good luck! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜


  2. Been there, done that! My kids are old enough now (4.5 and almost 7) that they can understand that Momma needs a minute. I usually send myself to my room– with electronics, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. I’m working as hard as possible to learn how not to let his full blown tantrum completely ruin my day, because naturally the worst ones are almost always in the morning when we are trying to leave the house so I can get to work. Add in that I’m 28 weeks prego and we are just an emotional mess! Finding a good reset tactic is key. I love your post – it gave me a good chuckle and I really needed that today.


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