+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    5,749
    Thanks
    3,833
    Thanked
    3,657
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts

    Default WWYD - how can I help this mum?

    One of DS1's kindy mates' mother is heavily pregnant. She already has 3 boys, a 4 yr old and 2 yr old twin boys. I don't know her really really well but always chat etc and catch up at kids parties.

    She is really struggling. I know this because of chats we have had in the kindy hallway, seen her looking exhausted and my MIL was talking to her at playgroup today and said she broke down in tears, and mIL is very concerned for her.

    I believe it's a combination of exhaustion from caring for the (very active, somewhat defiant) twins all day and a difficult pregnancy - I don't know how she is still standing. She seems quite depressed and I worry she will most likely go further downhill once the new baby arrives.

    I don't want to intrude (from what I hear she is quite proud and won't ask for help) but I know she is struggling and I really want to help her in some way. I can't really take the boys as I have a 3 month old in addition to my 4 yr old and don't think I could cope with more right now - maybe her 4 yr old but not the twins!

    What things would be helpful and thoughtful in this instance?

  2. #2
    Mod-biscotti's Avatar
    Mod-biscotti is offline Administrator Administrator
    Winner 2012 - Naughtiest/Cheekiest Mod
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    16,313
    Thanks
    1,719
    Thanked
    3,753
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    How lovely of you

    What about -
    - a lasagne with a garlic bread, and bowl of salad or similiar

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to Mod-biscotti For This Useful Post:

    sunnygirl79  (08-06-2016)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    2,546
    Thanks
    521
    Thanked
    451
    Reviews
    4
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    How about a bunch of flowers and a card "from one busy Mum to another. ..you're doing an amazing job! Let's get together for coffee when you're free" type thing?

  5. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to LlamaMa For This Useful Post:

    sunnygirl79  (08-06-2016),Wise Enough  (09-06-2016)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Sydney NSW
    Posts
    1,946
    Thanks
    641
    Thanked
    667
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Hi there, what a lovely idea, i think food is a great idea, also, is there a chance you could invite her over, and you could run after the kids so she can put her feet up for a few hours?

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to littleriv For This Useful Post:

    sunnygirl79  (08-06-2016)

  8. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    1,041
    Thanks
    74
    Thanked
    62
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Do you have a spare car seat to be able to help out with a kindy pick up once a week? Turn it into a bit of a play date for your 4 year olds after the kindy session? Yep she'll still have the twins but one less thing for her to have to rush out of the house for and it could build a base for her to feel comfortable for you to offer more help down the track if you are able. And she might be more likely to accept help in the guise of a play date rather than obvious help.

  9. The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to 3littlekittens For This Useful Post:

    GrabbyCrabby  (08-06-2016),HLE  (08-06-2016),MsViking  (09-06-2016),sunnygirl79  (08-06-2016),SuperGranny  (09-06-2016),Wise Enough  (09-06-2016)

  10. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    844
    Thanks
    84
    Thanked
    235
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I'd always go food! As a mum of four now any meal help is a huge load off

  11. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Goosey01 For This Useful Post:

    GrabbyCrabby  (08-06-2016),sunnygirl79  (08-06-2016)

  12. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    6,725
    Thanks
    1,211
    Thanked
    3,232
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    A play date and tell her to go lay down on your bed for a nap while you play with the kids.

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to lilypily For This Useful Post:

    sunnygirl79  (08-06-2016)

  14. #8
    kiwimum890's Avatar
    kiwimum890 is offline It won't happen overnight, but it will happen!
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    800
    Thanks
    282
    Thanked
    294
    Reviews
    6
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    A meal sounds like a great idea the idea of not having to cook would be a huge help...

    You are very thoughtful 🏻🏻🏻

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to kiwimum890 For This Useful Post:

    sunnygirl79  (08-06-2016)

  16. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    5,749
    Thanks
    3,833
    Thanked
    3,657
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Thanks guys unfortunately I am still struggling to do pick ups etc myself as my 13 week old is pretty unsettled screams the whole way there & back so I couldn't handle another (see I don't know how she does it!!). But I could definitely take the older one for an afternoon potentially.

    I think the meal idea is probably the easiest (and maybe a nice card/flowers will help cheer her up too). I had a close friend bring me frittata and a dozen muffins when I had DS2 and they have been very handy to have in the freezer, I might do the same for her.

  17. The Following User Says Thank You to sunnygirl79 For This Useful Post:

    littleriv  (08-06-2016)

  18. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    177
    Thanks
    58
    Thanked
    59
    Reviews
    0
    Definitely food! I only have 2 kids, but when I was pregnant I really struggled with cooking dinner! When my second was born a neighbour knocked on our door one afternoon about 5pm with a freshly made pasta bake (just as my toddler was having a meltdown) it was one of the nicest things anyone has done

  19. The Following User Says Thank You to Cant wait to be a mummy For This Useful Post:

    sunnygirl79  (08-06-2016)


 

Similar Threads

  1. Wwyd
    By BeauOliver in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 21-03-2016, 14:42
  2. Which is better and WWYD?
    By Mod-Nomsie in forum General Chat
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 01-11-2015, 20:26

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
Baby Car Seats and Infant Car RestraintsBuying a baby car seat? Check out our 'go-to' links here!
REVIEWS
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›