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How many times have we read articles or talked to other parents about “time outs” with our kids?

time out

How long is long enough?  One minute for each year?  Where to put our kids on time out?  How to keep the kids on time out?  Is it even going to work, or is it appropriate?

But what happens when Mom needs a time out?

I have never really read about that.

Do I get one minute for each year?  Can I go into my bedroom and shut the door too?  Can I scream and cry?

Yesterday, after a one-hour meltdown by my “spirited child”, I needed a “time out”.

I verbalized this to my now puffy eyed child, who was demanding a snack (probably because he had worked up quite an appetite with all the wailing that he was doing), but in that moment I realized that I didn’t really know what that would look like.

It was one of those moments when you think to yourself ( or I think to myself…) “I don’t want to talk to you, see you (even though you are adorable), or have anything to do with you…”

What’s a mom to do?

So I cooked dinner, all the while continuing to remind my little emotional wreck that I needed to take a time out.  I wasn’t interested in talking about the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles right now; or about Lego Chima, or Hero Factory.

And so it went…

How does a Mom take a time out? 

signature Debbie