There are seriously some days where I’m too tired to even be tired. Sometimes my toddler sleeps late (8:15pm… oooh!) which means more time chasing after a little guy, and less relaxing, drink-some-tea time for me. My husband also drives through an insane commute and doesn’t get home til much later, so I tend to have sole duty of the evening chaos.
Parenting seems to come with its own guaranteed exhaustion that arrives right along with the baby, no matter how organized or prepared you normally are. When you realize that changing his diaper, giving him a bath, picking him up, and every other parenting duty you have to do isn’t likely to go away any time soon, you’re hit with parent burnout. I remember wanting to just crash after he was down for the night only to remember that I still had to pack his lunch for the next day and realizing, “Holy cow, I have to do this practically every day for the next several years!” Not a good way to start a supposedly relaxing evening.
During the moment, I feel all doom and gloom: “What has my life come to?… Weekends aren’t any better because you just have to go right back to it in two days…” and so on. Thankfully though, those thoughts and experiences come and go. More than anything, I love being a mom and even—dare I say?—enjoy mommy duty chores like the aforementioned tasks. But when the days grow rough and you’re ready to down a glass of wine and “forget” all the tasks you have to do, consider the following ways you can prevent and deal with parent burnout:
How do you prevent and deal with parent burnout? Are there certain conditions that make you more likely to feel burned out?
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