Parents crashing and burning!

If you were to ask if burnout exists in the United States, we probably wouldn’t hesitate to say yes because chances are we’ve already felt it. But, if you were to ask about parental burnout, we’d probably be hesitant for fear of coming across as bad parents. This faulty way of thinking is holding us back.

Let’s take a country that is more parent-friendly than the United States and see if parent burnout exists there. If parent burnout exists in places that are more parent-friendly than the United States, then it would be easier to believe that it exists in the United States as well, right? In addition, perhaps it would also be easier to think that we have lived it, although we have never expressed it for fear of appearing inept. Or maybe we didn’t know what we were feeling…

A study in Belgium, a more parent-friendly country, surveyed 2,000 parents and found that parental burnout does, in fact, exist in Belgium. Her studies show that parental burnout is a lot like workplace burnout—you know, those feelings of being less productive, less competent, and emotionally withdrawn.

Unfortunately, studies have indicated that American parents have been shown to be less happy than non-parenting Americans. This is especially true when compared to their European counterparts, where less is considered more.

So what can we do with this parental exhaustion and unhappiness? Well, the simple answer is to say, “NO”. We also have to start asking for help, which will not be easy. Doing it all is still deeply ingrained in our American psyche. So here is the challenge. Take care of yourself. Find your Zen and lose the burn. Our children are counting on us to do this, even if they don’t know it yet.

Now, as my grandfather always said, “Learn, lead, and lead the way to a better world for all of us. Remember, parent burnout is real. But we can beat it. And once again, parents, thanks in advance for everything.” that”. you do, and all you will do…

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