Just a bit broken…

Tonight I stood outside my daughters bedroom and I cried.

Over the past few months, as a family, we have all had to deal and cope with outbursts of anger. But tonight it has pushed me to the point of feeling just broken.

The flare ups started in spring last year and our lovely daughter was replaced by this child who’s temper would blow up at the smallest thing…

She/he looked at me

I can’t do my homework

I don’t want to be on my own

I don’t want to go to bed

I want another biscuit

It’s not fair

I don’t want to eat that

The list of complaints could go on and on. But my point is that the cause of the blow up was usually a very minor issue and not deserving of the severe response we got.

In the summer term our daughter met with a teacher in the school – whether this actually helped or not I don’t know but it at least felt like we were doing something to support her.

By autumn it felt like we had turned a corner and the frequency had lessened…until recently that is.

In the past few weeks the frequency and severity of her flare ups has gone through the roof.

She is regularly physical in her anger; things are thrown, people are pushed and shouted at and it can take till gone 10pm to actually get her to sleep.

We are exhausted and at a loss of how to help her.

She is like Jekyll and Hyde, we are never sure which one will wake up, which one will greet us from school, which one we will kiss goodnight and it has reached a point where I feel broken by her.

What a thing to say as a parent!

My child has broken me

I hate it.

I hate that sometimes I just have to walk away from her and let Carl step in.

I hate that there are times I want to scream right back at her.

I hate that I want to point out every single little way in that she is hurting everyone she cares about and is pushing them all away.

I hate that I want to reason with her and get her to acknowledge the impact of her actions, not only on herself but on her family.

I hate that I feel like we are failures as parents.

I and HATE that nights like tonight make me want to throw the towel in and say I’ve had enough, I’m not doing this anymore.

So why write this post? Especially while Carl is still having to be upstairs with her?

Because maybe I’m not the only parent in the world who’s child is pushing them beyond their limit and almost to the point of breaking? Because maybe I not the only parent who feels like they’re banging their head against the wall in frustration? Because maybe another parent out there needs to know that they are not alone either! Because maybe this is my outlet for the pain I currently feel, this is my screaming out This isn’t fair!!!

So I’m not going to walk out on her.

I am going to try my very best to stay with her in her anger and to try and empathise with her feelings. I am going to try to help her get to the root of what is causing her so much pain and I am going to make her feel safe and secure. And I am going to love her, man I am going to love her!

I am going to trust that God is with all of us and that he will bring our family through this still in one piece, that he will protect Carl and I, not only as parents but also as a couple as we struggle forward.

But for tonight I am going to try my very best not to plant my face in a box of chocolates in a bid to ease my hurting.

9 thoughts on “Just a bit broken…

  1. Penny says:

    Keep on loving your precious daughter even though you feel exhausted and broken. She is probably confused too and is struggling to understand why she behaves like this. We had similar issues with our daughter which, we think stemmed from grief – it was exhausting and soul destroying as we went through this difficult period but she came through it. She is now 37 and an amazing daughter with a loving husband and a beautiful daughter who I hope will never act in the way her Mum did.

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  2. Clinging onto 'This is just a phase' says:

    Unfortunately I frequently end up shouting back; so you’re doing better than me! I know she needs love back in the face of her anger and not anger back!! It’s so hard when you are pushed to a place of exhaustion and pain. We are not perfect and not robots. Unconditional love hurts!!x

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    • linz82 says:

      Oh gosh I totally get that. I regularly shouted back and threw her things everywhere! What I learned yesterday is that when they are in that anger they are no longer rational, they are in fight of flight. We cannot reason with them. Which in a weird way helps us get back some of the power. You are right that, it blinking hurts! X

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  3. Mandy says:

    Yes it’s hard to be pushed away from your child even when they are an adult themselves. It’s hard to feel their pain and not have answers or energy to deal with it. As a parent of a transgender adult I thank you for sharing this with us. You have given others permission to share their stories too. Our prayers are with you all x

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  4. Sarahdutoit says:

    So sad you are having to go through this, I was your child once, losing my temper and not remembering exactly what happened. Feeling isolated and quite sure mum did not love me. I wouldn’t say I was attention seeking but I didn’t know what I wanted. My mum was a single mum as my father died when I was 9. I asked her forgiveness when8 turned 22 and she just said I loved you through it. So hang in there and know you are the best mum ever and the heartache is worth it 💖💖

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