I’m sure many parents can relate. Thank you Tabitha for your honest story! I have been in “mommy time out” many times.
Last year before Christmas we decided to go to the outlet mall on a Thursday night. Naively I thought it wouldn’t be too bad, busy but not unbearable.
I was totally and completely wrong!
We were inside for about 20 minutes. The kids were ready to leave but they were still functioning. I was not. I couldn’t stand the people, the noises, all the christmas smells… It was hard to breathe. I couldn’t even hold my children’s hands as we walked out to the car. My husband shepherded them in the right direction as I moved on ahead, silently and visibly shaking. I had to take off my jacket…it was freezing but I needed to be free from the constraints. My visible breath was staggered and hyperventilating.
The children questioned, “Mommy, whats wrong?”
“I just need to go home”, I responded curtly.
Daddy reassured them, “Mommy just needs some quiet time…
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