Parenting is exhausting, especially in the early years. I don’t care how many books you’ve read by James Dobson and Focus on the Family, even the most dedicated parents sometimes face burnout.
Here’s the good news: you are not alone.
Just last night, Ben woke up twice with a bad dream, and Caroline ended up in our bed by midnight. Eventually, I found respite on the couch around 2am because I was just sick of fighting with them.
And here’s the thing – I adore my kids. Lindsey and I CHOSE them. We made a conscious decision to have them. We chose to move forward with growing our family and bring little ones into the world. But as cute, smart, and funny as my two kids are, they still wear me out.
Self-Care Tips for Parents
In Episode 011 of the #AskSteveAustin podcast, I share 7 simple self-care tips I’ve learned in the past (almost) 6 years of parenting. The first lesson is: DON’T FORGET TO PLAY. There are six other lessons, like the why I believe Grace throws us an ice cream party on our very worst day, plus the difference between bitterness and boundaries.
If you’re a parent facing burnout, or maybe you’re not a parent, but you’re completely exhausted because….life, check out Episode 011 today! Maybe your kids are no longer at home, or you might not even have children…that’s okay! These self-care tips apply to everyone!
What did I miss? What parenting lesson would you add to the list? Do you have a hilarious #parentingfail to share with the rest of us? Bring it on! Let’s continue the dialogue in the comments…
Thanks for listening.