Some days bed time can’t possibly come fast enough. When you’re looking forward to your “me” time a little more than usual, it could be that you’re burned out on being a mom. Just like being overworked, parenting burnout is a totally legit experience.
A recent survey of 2,000 parents published in Frontiers In Psychology found that, just as working professionals can burn out on the job, parents can burn out on caring for kids. At this point you’re probably shaking your head in exasperation and saying, “well d’uh” but the study conducted by researchers at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium found a way to actually measure different levels of exhaustion and differentiate the more elevated level of parental burnout from typical stress and exhaustion that comes with chasing kids around all day.
The experts define “parental burnout” as a combination of inefficacy, or a feeling of being less productive, depersonalization, or a feeling of being withdrawn from the people around you, and exhaustion. Based on the data collected, and using a 22 point list of factors, the researchers found that true parental burnout affects anywhere from 2 to 12 percent of parents.
Do you think you’ve ever felt parental burnout? Share your own experiences in the comments.