Sometimes life gets a little overwhelming, and you find yourself just going through the motions and losing enjoyment for things that used to matter. This is called burnout. People get burnout at work, which usually happens when you experience high stress over a long period of time with no breaks/vacation/self care days. People feel burnout in school when they are struggling with a high load/stressful relationship/discouragement/many years of this on repeat.
Today I’m talking about burnout at home, which looks a lot like burnout at work. You find yourself going through the motions of preparing meals, laundry, cleaning, helping with homework, sickness, driving kids from place to place, cleaning, laundry, cleaning, laundry….You see where I’m going with this? As parents, it can get overwhelming and just TIRING. At some point, you find yourself hating all the mundane tasks, thinking negatively about everyone who is not pitching in on the to do list, and ready to just throw in the towel.
2 things have changed in our parenting society.
1 . Moms are still the main caretaker- Moms work full time jobs and lots of times are doing the majority of the work with taking care of the house and children. (I know there are some families who share-rare, and I know there are families where roles are reversed.)
2. Parents are not teaching there Kids to help out at all!
Why do we continue to live like this? The stress is unreal. Moms (just replace with dad if you must) get labeled as “drill sergeant”, “nagging”, “always in a bad mood”, “no fun”, “buzz killers”. You know the answer to our problem lies in our homes. It’s right there within your reach. Family! It’s time for parents to regroup and put your family to use. Moms-you are not the only ones who can fold laundry, scrub toilets, or run a vacuum. Divvy up the to do list.
This not only takes the stress of bearing all these responsibilities off of one person, but it teaches everyone else responsibility. If you want mom to have more energy/time for fun/playful attitudes, help her out. It’s exhausting to come home from a long day of working or grocery shopping+running errands+transporting kids to appointments or practices and know you still have to cook, clean up, do homework, make sure baths are done, wash/dry/fold/put away laundry….. before you can fall in bed. Let’s hand out some of these jobs to our loving family members and remember that it’s teaching them responsibility. Take the time you would be spending doing chores and spend some real quality time with your family.
Give your kids a chore today and ask your spouse for some help with 1 item on your list, then tell me how it went by leaving a comment below.