Our expert says:
Dont feel ashamed for being nomal. Raising a child is much harder than mos people expect, and doing so as a single parent is harder still. And there could be a vicious cycle at work too, as the child gets more upse by sensing how upset you are about her being upset !
If you were NOT feling drained by these challenges, THAT might suggest an uncaring mother.
As Maria implies, try to be just an ordinary Superwoman, and don't try to do it all on your own --- share the care with family, friends, hired caegiver, creche, whatever is possible. And the aher sould be paying enough maintenance to let you afford to do that ( or go to maintenance court to ensure that he does ). Distraction is worth trying, and trying not to giv her whatever she is emanding at the time. I think sometimes he child forgets what the original demand was, only remembering that she wants someting or oher, and the crying becomes self-perpetuated until distraction or exhaustion intervenes
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