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To begin, I have the best wife and children that a man could ask for. I, last year, had a seizure of unknown origin, no eeg or ekg findings of any sort, docs know nothing of why it happened. I broke my right shoulder and had it replaced with a titanium implant and I can now golf, ride bikes, play basketball, I just have some upper range issues. (can't throw a baseball or football)

I have recovered from that as well as I am going to but I need to get my head on straight now. I have no patience with my three wonderful children. They are ages 9-11 and are the best kids a man could have but their voices are just irritating to me more than one at a time. (and they cannot seem to ever talk one at a time)

I wake up, have coffee and some breakfast, take a 20+ minute bike ride and am fine. Then it is time to get the kids up and get them fed and ready and dropped off at school. As soon as there is more than one of them up, I start to get very frustrated. I seem to have the hardest time multi-tasking. When dealing with them one on one, all is good but when 8 o'clock rolls around, my temper gets short and I start yelling. (no screaming but not very friendly loud talking and I do not want my kids to have to hear that from their dad who loves them dearly)

All day is stress free. I get all of my things done that need doing.

When they get home, it is the same thing. Get them to do their homework so they can go play. They are always talking to each other and messing around and it takes 2 hours to do 30 minutes (max) of homework. When I sit down to do it with them it gets finished in 30 minutes but they need to do it on their own as well and I think that by always sitting down to watch them do it is not beneficial to me or them. The only thing that accomplishes is that they do not talk amongst themselves as much. I will always gladly help them but when they are taking so much time, it gets very, very frustrating that homework time lasted until dinner time...grrrrrr Then the whole dinner thing happens, one child is very picky and always wants something different than the other two. And they almost always want something different than my wife and I have. (another pain in the a__) Then dinner can take as long as homework if we let it go on, talk, talk, talk.

I would love to hear anyones comments or suggestions. I have smart kids who should be able to do their tasks, dinner and homework, in a more timely maner and not push me to the brink of getting dang P.O.'d.

I am on Keppra to avoid seizures and it works well. I take 1000mg at 6am and 1000mg at 6pm. It does not seem to effect me at all besides causing a little short tempered for 60-120 minutes after taking. (now I am also not sure if it the Keppra or the kids causing the stress, as the times coincide with breakfast and dinner times)

Thanks to anyone and everyone who has anything to offer!
[QUOTE=scootnoodles]To begin, I have the best wife and children that a man could ask for. I, last year, had a seizure of unknown origin, no eeg or ekg findings of any sort, docs know nothing of why it happened. I broke my right shoulder and had it replaced with a titanium implant and I can now golf, ride bikes, play basketball, I just have some upper range issues. (can't throw a baseball or football)

I have recovered from that as well as I am going to but I need to get my head on straight now. I have no patience with my three wonderful children. They are ages 9-11 and are the best kids a man could have but their voices are just irritating to me more than one at a time. (and they cannot seem to ever talk one at a time)

I wake up, have coffee and some breakfast, take a 20+ minute bike ride and am fine. Then it is time to get the kids up and get them fed and ready and dropped off at school. As soon as there is more than one of them up, I start to get very frustrated. I seem to have the hardest time multi-tasking. When dealing with them one on one, all is good but when 8 o'clock rolls around, my temper gets short and I start yelling. (no screaming but not very friendly loud talking and I do not want my kids to have to hear that from their dad who loves them dearly)

All day is stress free. I get all of my things done that need doing.

When they get home, it is the same thing. Get them to do their homework so they can go play. They are always talking to each other and messing around and it takes 2 hours to do 30 minutes (max) of homework. When I sit down to do it with them it gets finished in 30 minutes but they need to do it on their own as well and I think that by always sitting down to watch them do it is not beneficial to me or them. The only thing that accomplishes is that they do not talk amongst themselves as much. I will always gladly help them but when they are taking so much time, it gets very, very frustrating that homework time lasted until dinner time...grrrrrr Then the whole dinner thing happens, one child is very picky and always wants something different than the other two. And they almost always want something different than my wife and I have. (another pain in the a__) Then dinner can take as long as homework if we let it go on, talk, talk, talk.

I would love to hear anyones comments or suggestions. I have smart kids who should be able to do their tasks, dinner and homework, in a more timely maner and not push me to the brink of getting dang P.O.'d.

I am on Keppra to avoid seizures and it works well. I take 1000mg at 6am and 1000mg at 6pm. It does not seem to effect me at all besides causing a little short tempered for 60-120 minutes after taking. (now I am also not sure if it the Keppra or the kids causing the stress, as the times coincide with breakfast and dinner times)

Thanks to anyone and everyone who has anything to offer![/QUOTE] DON'T FEEL BAD, THIS SOUNDS VERY TYPICAL TO MY HOUSEHOLD AND ALOT MORE TYPICAL THAN YOU PROABLY THINK. I'm not familar with the med you are taking, but I can frustrated with my kids for all the exact same things as you do. sOUNDS LIKE SENSORY OVERLOAD. I have only 2 kids and the homework thing drives me bonkers. I'm always telling my kids "my parents didn't sit with me & do homework", so try to work just a little independently. Then I think maybe they have harder homework than I did. Then I go on to feel guilty. My kids also try to talk over each other, then get louder, and louder. I try to leave the room take some deep breaths and calm myself. I also tell my kids until they can talk at a normal level, one at a time I don't hear anything they are telling me.

Best of luck, and look forward to hearing any of suggestions other parents may have to offer. I'm always looking for ways to become a better parent. Being a parent is truly one of the best and toughest jobs in the world. :)





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