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social anxiety ?

(7 Posts)
Ineedmetime Wed 13-Jul-11 22:49:26

does anyone else feel like they don't want to go out on their own with their toddler ? or am I just being silly? I feel like when she has a tantrum everyone is watching me to see how I cope and I feel so embarassed do other mums feel the same?

allegrageller Wed 13-Jul-11 23:12:39

you're not alone sad

Mine are older now but I often don't want to go out with them both as they quibble, fight and can end up out of control!

I remember the headshaking and tutting I used to receive when they were younger.

You need to try to think yourself into a thick skin (it isn't easy)...and remember that those who are judging you are saying everything about themselves and their intolerance, and nothing about you or your perfectly normal toddler.

Ineedmetime Thu 14-Jul-11 09:40:08

Thanks for your reply, I'm glad I'm not the only one to feel like this, I feel like I don't even want to go to toddler groups but I think thats more about me not knowing what to say to people( how to start conversations) than just about my dd throwing tantrums. I used to be quite shy but I try not to be now

allegrageller Thu 14-Jul-11 09:43:11

toddler groups are a nightmare!!

I think we have to take our phobias in hand every day. Get out at least once somewhere where the dcs will HAVE to be viewed by the public :-D

the thing to remember is, your toddler is a person with specific needs who shouldn't be banned from public view just because certain intolerant people would prefer it.

Ineedmetime Thu 14-Jul-11 09:55:12

Thanks, so releived that someone else doesn't like toddler groups! If i do go to them I find I sit there feeling really awkward and a lot of the other mums seem to talk amongst themselves so I feel like the odd one out.
I think I will have to push myself to get out of the house more even if its just to walk round the block.( I think I could manage that to start with)

allegrageller Thu 14-Jul-11 17:54:22

yeah avoid toddler groups you don't need them!1

It is hard to meet other parents though and not feel horribly isolated.

Nursery helps with that. Can you afford for h im to go yet?


Ineedmetime Thu 14-Jul-11 22:51:18

I don't know how much they cost but I would think they are not cheap. I was thinking about having a look in september as we are now near the school summer hols. also when dd is 3 years old she would get free nursery place or have I got that wrong? do they already need to be at a nursery to get the free place? ?
it is hard to make new friends though I find,especially when you are not good at the whole social thing or am i alone in thinking that

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