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Parenting: Go Limp?!

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Redling Sun 01-Feb-15 00:36:23

I've been thinking a phrase since I became a mum (DS 5 months) In the face of all the trails and tribulations and the sheer ability of DS to do the opposite of what I gently try to introduce... Go limp. And I've just watched 'Community' (US sitcom) and remembered where I got it from! Basically it's described as the best way to survive a massive fall, your body going so limp you can survive a huge fall. And I've had that in my mind (the phrase) to get through the sleep deprivation, the lack of defined routine, the sudden changes in naps etc. I just go limp. In the face of his incredible will. And I like it as a survival method! Just go limp. Anyone else out there doing similar?!

Redling Sun 01-Feb-15 00:38:36

I've just realised I haven't pointed out I mean it in a mental survival method way smile my body does not go limp, my mind does!

Katekoom Sun 01-Feb-15 01:06:07

I know what you mean.
I've been sat here since 10:30 with a 3 week old who sleeps in my arms but not in her basket. If i think about my exhaustion I just feel desperately sorry for myself, accepting that this is just the way it is is the best approach in my opinion.
Go limp. I like it.

BertieBotts Sun 01-Feb-15 01:23:31

I love Community! smile What a great idea. I will try to remember next time my 6 year old is pushing me to the limit smile

Redling Sun 01-Feb-15 08:31:44

Community is great, I love it! Havent watched it for ages.
Katekoom it's amazing how much they dislike the lovely places we prepared for their sleep isn't it?! I remember staring longingly at the cosy Moses basket with the lovely soft blankets while endlessly holding DS and thinking I'd like to be able to crawl into it! He got it eventually, not the crib though so we ended up building the cot at 6 weeks and put him straight in there! No more angry little fists smacking the bars. Still, I'm sat here holding him now as he woke at 6.30 and has just crashed out for first nap, and he's wound himself into my dressing gown so it looks like he's staying with me smile

squizita Sun 01-Feb-15 10:42:11

I use the "fire? wolves? ... meh" approach invented by my dh.
Essentially you check if you/dc are in immediate danger from fire or hordes of wolves. If not say "meh".
Not sure if it's tv inspired ... maybe The Hobbit or something. grin

squizita Sun 01-Feb-15 10:44:37

...Mine loves the moses basket ... as in squeals with delight, grabs the hood, kicks the hell out of this funny shaped play gym!! Oh look mummy put a blanket in here by accident. Silly mummy blankets are for sleepy time ... out it goes! grin

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 01-Feb-15 13:47:12

In keeping with this week's anniversary. I do Churchill. Keep buggering on. grin

FaFoutis Sun 01-Feb-15 13:50:27

YES! I describe it as being like a kitten in its mother's mouth. It is a kind of relaxing in the acceptance of your own lack of power.

I discovered this in hospital at death's door. It is a great technique.

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