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Tending to the needs of children can be taxing, especially toddlers and preschoolers. Wiping bottoms, pumping bottles, nighttime feedings, teething and so much more create what can be a rather exhausting daily routine. In the arduous 24 hours times 365 days, Mommy is bound to hit her breaking point—a few times. Amid the whining, tantrums and emotional extremes, she has to display self-control and patience. When our children are throwing fits on the floor in the grocery, we gently snatch them up with composure. All the while, it’s been a long day at work and he’s been acting crazy since you picked him up. What you really want to do is scream at him to get up.

Like young children, it is important for mothers to take emotional and mental breaks. Let’s be real, sometimes parenthood feels like too much. So, here are some tips for coping and cooling when Mommy is feeling fed up:

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