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Smacked DS hard. Feel awful.

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helpscaredstupid Sat 04-Dec-10 15:55:07

Have been under massive pressure but no excuse.

Today lost my temper and smacked DS 4 on the face.

Want to kill myself.

Have cuddled, apologised, sat and had time with him, gave him a compress for his face.

But feel very low and dark.

I am an awful Mummy, i've never done anything like this before. What will happen?

My baby.

DH has been really undertnading and has just taken DS out to the shop for a boys trip out. DS is absolutely fine.

I can't believe it's happened. I lost my rag.

Will I lose him?

I hatemyself.

Have namechanged for obvs reasons

Goblinchild Sat 04-Dec-10 15:58:11

You will not lose him, it was a single occasion where you lashed out without thinking or intent. he will forgive you, although he might keep bringing it up for a while.
You need to know when you are about to lose control and get out of the situation before hitting. You are not awful or bad or anything close to that, and the fact that you feel dreadful shows you how caring you really are.

MyBoyJakey Sat 04-Dec-10 16:03:25

Think we've all been there.... blush

Reiterate all that Goblin has said. Please do not beat yourself but up

Hugs xx

MyBoyJakey Sat 04-Dec-10 16:05:01

Sorry, multi-tasking head not with it today.... "Please do not beat yourself up" - No 'but'


helpscaredstupid Sat 04-Dec-10 16:05:03

I cant stop shaking and it was 3 hours ago.

I'm terrified that he remembers and hates me, or is emotionally damaged by it.

How can i make sure he's not affected long term?

thank you for answering GC, I'm such a mess

colditz Sat 04-Dec-10 16:07:07

He will be more reassured if you stop shaking, weeping and snotting around. He's four, and he needs you to be in control of yourself. What you're doing now is far more frightening than a slapped face, so try to get a grip, DON'T drag the subject up again (unless he wants to talk about it), force a smile on your face and get on with being the fantastic mother I'm sure you usually are.

helpscaredstupid Sat 04-Dec-10 16:09:50

You're right Colditz. Am going to go and start the tea now and will never let it happen again.

Won't mention it to him again. Just lots of cuddles.

Goblinchild Sat 04-Dec-10 16:10:24

He will remember that you slapped him, and that you were sorry and recognised that what you did was wrong. He will not live in terror for the rest of his childhood because of a one off incident, although you might have to cope with him asking about it for the next few days.
When he loses control at some point in the future and causes harm, he will have the understanding and memory of when bad things happen, the situation is redeemable.
You have scared yourself, and that will help you recognise when you are about to lose control next time

Goblinchild Sat 04-Dec-10 16:11:11

smile colditz
Good post

booyhohoho Sat 04-Dec-10 16:12:20

Op can you get some RL practical support in place so you aren't under so much pressure or is it something that can't be helped? what is causing you so much stress?

colditz Sat 04-Dec-10 16:13:07

And no, you won't lose him

PlanetEarth Sat 04-Dec-10 16:13:42

Nothing will happen!

I did the same to my DD some years ago - she was being obnoxious and I slapped her (hard) over something trivial, the straw that broke the camel's back.

I wish I hadn't done it, but I did and the world didn't end, and I very much doubt my DD or your DS would be emotionally damaged over one slap.

ChippingIn Sat 04-Dec-10 16:14:02

helpscaredstupid - ((HUG)) we have all done something that we are not proud of - the thing that makes the difference is learning from it. I am pretty bloody sure you wont be doing it again!

He wont be affected long term - he may remember, he may not, but one smack (even on the face) will not traumatise him for life. Although, if you don't pull yourself together that may.

Please stop beating yourself up - you did something truely regrettable - learn from it and move on.

Do something nice this evening with DS & DH - popcorn and a family movie snuggled on the couch, give him a bath (if you normally do), snuggle him up in bed... it will all be OK.

If you want to talk about what he was doing that pushed you over the edge - you know where we are x

earwicga Sat 04-Dec-10 16:17:34

'and will never let it happen again.'

You need to put things in place to make sure you can hold to this.

bloomingnora Sat 04-Dec-10 16:17:56

I lashed out at my 4 year old DS last week. After a long heart to heart with my mum about it we came to the following conclusion. Much better to lash out once than to cold bloodedly decide that this is how you are going to parent. You say you are an awful mummy but I don't believe awful mummies are the ones that do this once and feel terrible about it. He will be fine. You will be fine. And I will be fine and so will DS1!

helpscaredstupid Sat 04-Dec-10 16:18:54

Thank you so much everybody.

Feel more together at the moment.

DH was shocked but reacted well and hasn't gone bloody mad like I thought he would.

We are under giant cash pressure, like everyone at the moment. We've skinted ourselves buying the kids xmas gifts, and have DC3 on the way.

DS had a tantrum of epic proportions and was screaming that he hated me, DH and would like to live elsewhere.... because he was put in sit out for ripping a book that MIL had bought him.

It just was the last straw.

Had been on phone all morning trying to convince Sky, BT etc to allow us to delay our bills for a week or so, to no avail..


It was no excuse at all.

bloomingnora Sat 04-Dec-10 16:21:15

Sorry, should also say that I bought some parenting books on Amazon that evening in order to have some strategies to deal with the way he is pushing every single one of my buttons! It really made me feel better to take some positive action to stop it happening again.

Goblinchild Sat 04-Dec-10 16:21:26

Mine are both teenagers, my son has Asperger's.
Building up a climate of being sorry for mistakes, trying harder next time and learning control are important lessons to learn.
To make a mistake and descend into hopeless despair is not a lesson I wanted mine to learn.

bloomingnora Sat 04-Dec-10 16:22:25

Hmm. Parenting books from library? Sorry X-posted! Have you been on the martin Lewis website for much practical money help?

jemimapotts Sat 04-Dec-10 16:26:15

Parentline Plus are very helpful and supportive if you want to talk to someone.

ChippingIn Sat 04-Dec-10 17:25:34

Make sure DH knows how much his support and not 'going mad' means to you x

It does all sound very stressful. 4 year olds are very good at pushing all of your buttons - mixed with being pregnant, money worries, Christmas and stuff.... no wonder you are at the end of your rope!

Be kind to yourself - work out how you are going to deal with the money stuff and look forward to Christmas.

Put this behind you and move forward x

helpscaredstupid Sat 04-Dec-10 18:18:01

Thanks so much everybody. All your replies and advice are so greatly appreciated.

Jemima, Blooming, I will read up on some tactics for dealing with stressful situations with young DC's. Never really had "terrible two's", but "frustrating four's" are very testing.

Have told DH that I almost expected him to take the DC's and leave, and thanked him so much for being great. He said it did make him cross, but could see I was punishing myself, more than he would have been angry at me, IYSWIM.

DC's just wolfed down sausages, spuds and brocolli, followed by pancakes and are just about to head up for a bath. All seems normal so far. So relieved.

GC, You're right about moving past mistakes and learning from them. Am going to try hard to do that

ChippingIn - thank you, what a nice post, have chatted to you before under 'regular name'. You're always very balanced and helpful

ChippingIn Sat 04-Dec-10 18:33:59

Have a nice evening with the kids & DH x

sneakapeak Sat 04-Dec-10 19:41:38

You were on the phone to SKY? No fecking wonder then, that would drive you to slap your Gran the bastards!

Seriously, you have a lot of pressure there, especially being PG with 3rd the hormones are awful.

The worst case of 'loosing it' I ever had with DS when he was 2.5 was when I was PG with DD. I didn't recognise myself I was a looney and felt so bad - still do when I remember it.

I think it's a mixture of the hormones and the worries the unknown of a new baby can bring.

I know a mother who regularly slaps her DS's and thinks it's a good way to discipline them hmm.
Your not like that at all clearly.

3beagles Sat 04-Dec-10 20:03:12

My 2.11 yo DD is going through a 'throwing' stage at the moment. It makes me so angry.

She threw a notebook at me on the stairs after I asked for her to give it back to me. I know that 'red mist' feeling.

I just picked her up (probably a bit roughly) and put her on time-out.

How I didn't wallop her I don't know.

Well I do actually - i watched supernanny this morning and took notes

Seriously - don't be so hard on yourself. Chin up.

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