I go on strike and that hurts them. What do you do?


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Posted by Cynthea Jenke, 29th June 2015


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  • Call a friend. Try to find time to do something a little out of the ordinary (eg a walk by myself). Buy myself a $5 treat.



  • I’m glad it’s not just me who has a failure to cope every now and then!



  • I was like this many years ago because I was doing too much for others and forgot about myself . It is called over sacrificing and it is exhausting you to the end. Sometimes it is just picking up the phone and talking to a counsellor if it feels too much and you cant talk to anyone about it . Ask yourself what do you need support in and see if you can think outside your home to see if there resources available. Take a breath and take a break when needed .



  • Sometimes I wait until my daughter goes to bed and have a huge cry haha so adult of me hey. I have to call in reinforcements sometimes – Grandparents. My husband is a shift worker and does what he can but he has no patience. I just keep thinking…they won’t be like this forever, take a deep breath, walk away and come back when I’ve calmed a bit.



  • I just keep going knowing that there will be better times ahead.



  • I’ve strikes too, not sure they even noticed. I just plod along til life gets easier or problems get sorted. No other choice in my eyes



  • I walk away and get some peace for a few minutes, even just a nice relaxing shower



  • Take some time to go for a walk, go to a park and read a book is a good comment I read!



  • Wish I could strike. I’m a single mum with 4 so I don’t really have that possibility, I wish though lol. I just try to zone out for a bit, send kids outside to play, listen to some music. Or send them to bed early and have a movie night and a few drinks.



  • When life gets difficult i generally try and do more to forget about the difficult stuff and then if I don;t stop in time – I get sick – so in a round about way I guess I go on strike too.



  • Good question! I would never have admitted it without your disclosure but I’m withnyou on striking! Sometimes it seems we do everything! Even on weekends when my hubby is around to help, I have to get involved in all his projects and remind him ‘ you know I usually do all this on my own!’



  • Yep, going on strike is the way to go. Then they suddenly realise that you are the magic fairy that’s been doing everything all along…every couple of months I resort to this method. So frustrating though. Eating helps! And eating heaps of what you really want!! Time out for yourself is important too.



  • You need to take time out for yourself that doesn’t hurt anyone. Take some time to go for a walk, go to a park and read a book.
    Then you will recharge your batteries and not feel so down.
    Get your family to pitch in with chores will help them to realise what you do too.



  • School holidays, less money coming in. Extras to feed. Teenagers. Their rooms messy



  • I know one family who had an arrangement that sometimes Dad minded the kids and Mum went and did the shopping/ no hassles with the kids and met up with friends for coffee before going home. The Dad often did chores while watching a 3 year old and 1 year old twins who were premature and one had health problems and was rushed to hospital by ambulance on a few occasions. In good weather he sometimes did washing and hung it out in the fresh air. Alternatively the Dad would take the kids to the park while the Mum had some “me” time to do as she wished.


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