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Rebbezin Rochel

motzie shabbos blues

June 24th, 2006

I don’t know what it is but my children explode on shabbos. After shabbos my house looks like a crime seen and I’m too traumatized to clean it. Does everyone have this problem? I feel more stressed and drained from shabbos then the rest of he week. Kind of defeats the point of shabbos.

9 Responses to “motzie shabbos blues”

  1. comment number 1 by: duvie sharfman

    I know. You are not alone. BTW, Reb Moshe is the bomb!!!

  2. comment number 2 by: Chanie

    I guess its universal. The trick I use is to try to eat all your mealls at someone else. The table stays clean all Shabbos, no dirty dishes, and between all the walking back and forth theres less time to take out evry toy we own. But that defeats the point of shabbos too. Maybe the mess is worth it.

  3. comment number 3 by: rochel

    I feel the same way. espacially when shabbos ends so late! even worse, i live in a building with no porch,no backyard, no erev outside, and with two kids under the age of 2 so we cant really go anywhere.

    But just realize that as a child, i remember those shabbos afternoons as being so much fun because my mother was always there playing games with us and reading us stories. im sure our children will appreciate it also!

  4. comment number 4 by: Tikvah

    I felt your pain when I read about your “Shabbos Stress”! Although my children are grown with children of their own I remember some of the those same feelings! Thought you might like to hear one thing that helped me “contain” some of my three kids energy. I kept a Shabbos box that came out only on Shabbos afternoon. It had things in it that were only used that day, the rest of the week it was put away, so it was a big deal to use those things Shabbos. I rotated toys and books every 2 or three months to keep it fresh. I remember things like an animal clinic in Africa (circa Play School) and special shabbos books. It really worked for me. I am praying for your Shabbat Shalom!

  5. comment number 5 by: Terumah

    my house is already a mess by shabbos afternoon when my two boys age 8 and 6 have two boys over the whole afternoon. I try to tell them to keep outside which usually works part of the time. However, I had one afternoon on shabbos where the guest managed to break an upstairs window with a ball and then about 15min later the same boy crashed through glass of my screen door. Talk about a mess, and I walked the boy home with a cut up arm. At least he didn’t need stiches. Oh well!!!!
    That shabbos certainly is on the memorable list

  6. comment number 6 by: Sharon

    I feel like that everyday!
    I wonder…my son comes home from camp/school so tired and grumpy. Then he picks on his baby sister…and the whole afternoon is fighting and throwing things. I sometimes cry to my husband “I feel like I’m going crazy from them, does every other mother deal with this too?” And he says they probably do. The only reason shabbos is more restful for me is because my husband is home and I have his support when the kids are going wild.

  7. comment number 7 by: Nelda

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments. I am praying as I am in America. Keep your sense of humor…If only I could do more. I pray that the angels will rise up as a shield of protection for you and yours and that the Whole world will see the blessed nation and people. Shalom Shalom

  8. comment number 8 by: fancy schmancy anxiety maven

    yep – i’ve blogged about this shabbos problem…

    i make playdates for my kids and tatty takes them to shul in the morning. Something about shabbos makes them nutty. Must be the extra neshama.

  9. comment number 9 by: Rheachel

    And I thought I was the only one feeling this increased stress. It is nice to know I am not.
    My stress is increased as I am in the midst of conversion and am also learning about Shabbat while I am having it.
    I do not complain though, I look forward to Shabbat all week and stress or no,I am sorry when its over.

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