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A Mother’s Guide to Having a Meltdown All Your Own

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A couple of weeks ago, I had one doozy of a meltdown. I usually thrive on change and being pushed beyond my comfort zone but the feelings of being overwhelmed have been building for months. Factor in a move, a new job while juggling the old one, missing friends, financial stress, finishing two rooms in our basement, the holidays, and a to-do list a mile long with no time to go outside and play….something was gonna give and it was my sanity.  

The straw that broke the camel’s back was over milk…and it wasn’t even spilled. A certain insubordinate tween called me lazy when I asked her to get the milk at dinner after I’d spent 10 hours working and then fixing our meal.

After I stormed out, my sweet son suggested to my husband they clean up because that would “Make Mom happy.” That kid will make a good spouse to a Mommy Meltdown-er someday.

Let’s face it: Sometimes Mom needs to blow off some steam because why should kids get to have all the fun?  Here’s a guide to having an effective meltdown all your own. 

  1. Do: Make sure you use your meltdowns sparingly. If you cry wolf all the time, no one will take you seriously. I can’t remember the last time I had a meltdown of this scale, which made it that much more shocking. I WAS THE WOLF.  HEAR ME ROAR.
  2. Do: Make sure that wherever you storm off to that there is ample entertainment to make your cooldown much more enjoyable.
  3. Do: When Said Insubordinate Tween comes to apologize, receive her back with open arms and reciprocate that apology. Sometimes a good cry together is all you need.
  4. Do: Go on a good bike ride (or whatever your favorite stress release is) and get over it quickly. The reason? They’ll be walking on eggshells around you for days and you’ll be able to enjoy their overly accommodating behavior a lot more if you’re happy.

And, most importantly:

5. DO: When having Said Meltdown, do it on a full stomach. Because it’s tough to be mad when you stormed out on dinner and you’re hungry. And then you’re just mad about being hangry. 


The Maven of Mommy Meltdowns

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar tina December 1, 2016

    tooooooo funny! i myself had a doozy recently and it usually involves the house always being a total and complete wreck. but guess what: it doesn’t get cleaned until the kids know i’m seriously mad about it.

  • comment avatar Sandra December 1, 2016

    My most recently meltdown? Thanksgiving. Flying alone with kids. Hours and hours of delays. Doors weren’t slamming but there were a lot of tears.

  • comment avatar Jenna December 1, 2016

    HAHAHAHAHAH. My most recent meltdown was in the Apple store. If you’ve been there, you know the frustration.

  • comment avatar Momof4 December 1, 2016

    I’ve felt a meltdown brewing for months. Something’s gotta give and you’ve just reminded me I need some ME time. Booked myself a spa appointment for Saturday. If my husband complains, I’ll just show him this post. 🙂

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 1, 2016

    Tina–A messy house gets me riled up, too. Relating!

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 1, 2016

    Sandra–Been there, done that. It was on a Christmas flight and the blowout was with my daughter’s diaper. Everywhere.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 1, 2016

    Jenna–We need to start the hashtag #IfYouveBeenThereYouKnow

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 1, 2016

    Momof4–Proactively preventing meltdowns. We all need to do a better job of this!

  • comment avatar Darla December 1, 2016

    My latest meltdown was sponsored by whiny kids, PMS, too much laundry, another PTA fundraiser, and not enough sleep.

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