When We Feel Broken As Parents

Ancient potThere have definitely been times in my parenting journey where I felt that I was broken. I felt empty. I felt hopeless. I felt like my children had the power and I was powerless.

Parenting is so hard and so intense and if we come to a point in our journey where we feel that we have been broken, it is okay.

It’s okay to acknowledge the difficulty of parenting and then get up and shake ourselves off and start anew.

We all go through ups and downs in our life. This is normal and to be expected.

Sometimes we just need to fall to the floor and as I say, hit the mat.

Having these times in our life where we acknowledge the difficulty of our experiences and allow ourselves to feel the struggle actually helps us to move forward in many ways.

One thing that I have learned is that as your children get older, you can share all of this with them as you are going through it. It is good for your children to see you experience different emotions. You are modeling to them that they too can express their emotions.

I have talked to my children with a trembly voice to let them know how shaky I feel and how much I need their help. Let your children nurture you. It will help build empathy and also allow them to see you with a different set of glasses on.

What about you? How do you feel? Are you solid or are you shaky?

Allow yourself to embrace these feelings and seek the comfort and support you might need to be able to move forward in the best way for everyone in the family.

Modeling that it’s okay to fall apart and rebuild is such a gift to your children and to yourself.

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