If you are an overwhelmed parent, you know it. You don’t need me to outline what that means. You are part of an underground tribe that gets very little recognition or support. You bust your buns all day long (in or out of the home) only to look forward to preparing and serving dinner, cleaning it up 15 minutes later, bathtime, books, bedtime, not done yet…then tidying up the house, folding laundry, maybe jumping in the shower (that’s a luxury) and by 9:45pm begging for mercy as you contemplate how tired you’ll be tomorrow if you hunker down into one episode of a 23-minute show on Netflix. Remember, the kid(s) might need you through the night, so don’t forget to factor that into your maybe 6 hours of sleep.
And it’s only Tuesday, folks.
What can I do for you? Well, let’s start by outlining what I cannot do for you. (1) I cannot take care of your kids so you can nap. (2) I cannot cook you a bunch of crockpot meals each week and drop them off on Sunday nights. (3) I cannot pack a zillion lunches or come up with toddler activities – I suck at all that. So, by this point, you may be losing interest in my page.
And now for the fun stuff. I can do these things really well!
- I can offer a place for you to share your story where you will be met with empathy, understanding, and validation.
- I can offer you an opportunity to explore what isn’t working in order to identify small changes that could be made (without added demands on your time and energy).
- I can offer you a chance to address the SHAME and GUILT that often accompanies feeling burned out at home. (This resonates so deeply with me.)
- I can offer you a clear and realistic plan for climbing out of whatever hole you’ve found yourself in. That’s the beauty of therapy! It’s all about YOU and what you need TODAY to build the kind of future you want for yourself and your family.
I know, not as good as 5 nights of healthy, organic, pre-made meals, but you can see that I’m trying here. : )
“Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.”
― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead