Parenting can be an enriching experience, but it can also be one of the most challenging and exhausting jobs one may ever have. Unfortunately, parental fatigue can become a significant issue for families of children struggling with complex psychiatric, emotional, and behavioral health issues.
Parental fatigue is the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that comes from the chronic stress and longevity of parenting a child with significant mental health issues. It can manifest in many ways - such as irritability, marital conflict, impact on work performance, changes in sleep or appetite patterns, anxiety, depression, and feeling overwhelmed by the demands and needs of the entire family. It’s important to recognize these signs early on so that you can take the steps needed to address them before they become further debilitating. Here are nine strategies to combat parental fatigue and improve the health of the entire family system:
Parenting is hard work; generally, one's natural parenting style works just fine. However, parenting a child with significant mental and behavioral health complexities can be both exhausting and confusing. As a result, for many, it is necessary to shift one's parenting paradigm. While this may not be easy, your efforts in learning how to parent a child with complex challenges will lead to increased parent confidence, competence, and an improved parent-child relationship.
Even though parenting may seem like an insurmountable challenge, remember that you are not alone - we are here to help. The journey to wellness starts with Equinox. Our results are refreshing, sustainable, and life-changing. Our dedicated Expert Parenting Team is here to help you reclaim your parent leadership and restore your desired relationship with your child. For additional information, take a moment to explore our Treatment Method and learn more about the Equinox experience.