Transcript for How to deal with parental burnout
Time for the "Weekend download." Many of us parents believe having kids is the best thing that ever happened and yet, and yet, being trapped at home with our kids all summer during a pandemic can be deeply suboptimal, so how to deal with parental burnout. Let's chat with author and educator Rachel Simmons. Rachel, good morning. What's the difference between ordinary parental fatigue and true burnout? So we're all stressed right now, but burnout has some significant symptoms. Some of the signs, you start to feel detached from your kid and start to feel indifferent about what's going on with them. We lose the sense of joy of daily life and may be so exhausted that we feel like we can't get out of bed, so a real mental health and physical issue. I think a lot of people are watching this and saying check, check, check. How does it get to the point of burnout? Okay, so we know those of us have boundaries with home and work. We're working it all out, and new research showing black families in particular are struggling, some with discrimination. Women are disproportionately burdened. When you are working and parenting all day long, you're the last person who can get self-care. The second shift is going all day, and you never finish. So how do you head this off? Well, one of the best things to do, be flexible with yourself as a parent. We can think about one or two areas where we can let go of something. If you find it easier to do something for yourself than to make kids try to do it, just do that. Ask yourself, what would you tell a close friend who is struggling right now? Now give that advice to yourself. Let go where you can. It won't last forever. We can't go back to the way things were then, but go easy on yourself right now. Let go where you can. Go easy where you can. Rachel, thank you so much. Great advice.
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