I feel like my 7-year old child rules my life.

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Registered: 04-29-2003
I feel like my 7-year old child rules my life.
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Sun, 11-28-2010 - 4:17pm

My son is 7 years old. He is an only child. He seems to be able only to entertain himself with TV, video games, friends or direct parental interaction. I enjoy interacting with him, but sometimes I need a break. It feels like the 14-hour kid show. I don't want the TV/video games on excessively, sometimes a friend is not available for play, and sometimes I just don't have the energy/interest to play. I also suffer from seasonal affective disorder, so sometimes I get the blues and am just not the most fun person in the world. I feel bad for a number of reasons: firstly, he has a father and mother who both suffer from depression, so we are sometimes not at our most playful; secondly, I worry that he will have problems with depression because of our genes; thirdly, he has no siblings. Sometimes, I need a little space, and the more I try to get a little space, the more he demands my attention. I love him, and I want him to be happy and well-developed, but I don't want to feel responsible for, and guilt-ridden over his need for happiness and enjoyment. Sometimes I think I should not have become a mother. Maybe I am just too selfish.

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Mon, 11-29-2010 - 1:36pm

Huge HUGS to you!

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Registered: 04-29-2003
Mon, 11-29-2010 - 3:23pm
Thank you for your reply! I will check out the only child board.
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Thu, 12-02-2010 - 12:19pm

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