I am a 27 year old mother of a very full on 5 year old girl. Her dad died traumatically infront of her when she was 3 years old, and she struggles to express emotion since. She suffers massive separation anxiety when it comes to school or even just giving me a moment to myself, I struggle to even get her to sleep by herself. This clingyness is causing me to get so frustrated and I often take it out on her which isn't fair. I don't even know what I'm expecting from this post, but maybe someone somewhere has some advice on how I can help her and stop resenting being a parent. The day in day out never ending fights and tantrums about the smallest things are sending me crazy, I hate the way I feel about being a parent. I feel so guilty because I know it's not her fault, but sometimes I just want a break from her..
I've never heard of play therapy but I will definitely look into it. Isn't it funny, I hid in my bedroom to finally burst into tears after days/nights of tantrums and broken sleep, and when she came in and found me, she handed me a tissue and asked me why I was crying and suddenly all the anger went away and I just felt terrible, she's so helpless and she doesn't know any better.