Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

I think that knowing when to walk away is an important skill. In fact, I probably don't do it often enough.

(And telling my oldest that he seems grumpy or grouchy is one of the best ways to make him erupt.)


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I need to learn that trick, just walk away! I end up raising my voice and making the situation worse. My B's love of arguing every point until it ceases to make sense, my boy's love of ignoring all parental direction. I get louder and louder, which is not helpful at all. One thing you are absolutely right about...we've ALL been there and it's hard! But the rewards outweigh it all.


JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

I find it so helpful when blogers(blogesses?) post on issues I myself strive to deal with, and often in an eerily timely fashion.

You are somewhat familiar, from our correspondences, with my son A. mildly(or sometimes called borderline) autistic, 6, a veritable dynamo, and OH-SO-TRYING(and yes, sometimes charming). Walking away - timing is everything I think.

This post came at a good time for me, and was definitely emotionally helpful. Thanks much.

And thanks again for your thoughtful diligence in the posting of your life and times. It really does affect others(no pressure, aye? ;-)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, all. I know we've all been there--it's hard to remember that, though, when you second-guess how you handled something! We've been trying for YEARS to teach L. to walk away, too. Sometimes he's done it--at school, but at home he's still not able to manage his emotions and walk away before he says something harmful, or does something he regrets. Work in progress...we can just model and be patient, and hope it clicks.

Thanks, John--it does help me to know I"ve been helpful--that's what I try to do, and hope I succeed.