by Bec Cavalôt

5 ways to ease the pain of ‘parenting overwhelm’

Parenting overwhelm understanding boys

Parenting-induced overwhelm got the better of me this week.

I’ve been organising my son’s birthday party and our upcoming overseas trip, ferrying both boys to play dates and after-school sports, filling in about a billion forms, and to top it all I have a sinus infection. Which is painful, but mainly just annoying because I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO!

Like me, my sons are tired and cranky. They’re also fighting tooth and nail for my time and attention, both of which seem to have disappeared along with my patience.

So I’ve decided to take the advice of a wise woman I once knew. Me.

This post about ‘mindful parenting’ (I know, terrible name but honestly, a great concept) was written a while ago. I may not have to deal with night-time bed wetting and nap-fail devastation anymore, but as I’ve learned this week, wherever you are along the parenting path, it occasionally gets a little bumpy.

And even if every one of these 5 tips goes out of the window in less than 5 minutes, please remember this. Despite your perceived parenting ‘fails’, your boys think you’re a good mum. The best actually. 


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