Five Ways to Prevent Parent Burnout
It’s challenging to make time for yourself when you have kids. We get so lost with work—and yes, that includes being a full-time mom—that by the time we get some time to ourselves, we have no energy left to do anything with it. When Jocelyn first called me, she was burnt out and felt like a terrible mother. She felt herself snapping at her children over the smallest things. After working with her for six months, she feels like a person again. “You showed me how to be the best parent I can be! I no longer yell at my kids because I am frustrated, and we are all so much happier.” Jocelyn S.
Think of it this way. When we get on an airplane, we are told that, in case of emergency, we should put our own oxygen mask on before helping our children with theirs. And the reason is simple: we have to make sure that we’re taking care of ourselves so we can be the best parent we can be. And to do that, we have to remember that we have a responsibility not only to our children, partner, and job, but also to ourselves. Here are 5 steps to start putting on your oxygen mask first.
A happier parent = a happier child. Try it, and you’ll notice how much happier everyone is.
Natalie Shay is a Psychotherapist and Stress Management Counsellor. She works with individuals and consults with organizations with respect to topics such as stress management, burn-out prevention, work/life balance and emotional eating. She works with clients to help them overcome ineffective habits and create healthier new ones. Natalie can be reached directly at
or (416) 726-5631.