We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. Colossians 11:1 (The Message)
Parents, do you feel tired?
Sometimes parenting is just plain exhausting. With kids running everywhere, meetings to attend, work to keep up with, mouths to feed, a house to keep in order and with the never-ending drain of being a consistent and supportive parent–how do you ever keep it up?
I’d like to give you a few suggestions on how you can get energized. I believe these are some ways that God can use to strengthen you. Sometimes His supernatural strength comes through something very simple.
Plan your week. Sit down on Sunday and look at the upcoming week. Weed out the unnecessary stuff, prioritize the things that must happen, look for places where you can schedule in some margin, and for goodness sakes, learn to say NO.
Plan at least one Me-thing. Whether it’s regular workouts, a night out with friends, date night with your spouse, or just a night to take a long bath and read a good book. Or perhaps it’s just spending 20-30 minutes with God. Find a place on the calendar where that fits. It may be after the kids are in bed or before they are up in the morning, but you must take some time to focus on something you’d like to do.
Give yourself permission. To not get the laundry done every day, to not get the vacuuming done this week, to skip that PTA meeting that you have on your calendar. You may be an awesome parent, but no one can do it all, no one is SUPER mom or dad.
Keep pursuing your own interests. It’s easy to put aside all your own hobbies and interests when you are a parent, but I urge you to not do that. Keep at least something that’s yours. Whether it’s a craft, a class you are taking, or a zumba class you are taking.
I know the temptation to have your kids be your whole life, but you are still you and it’s important that you have something that refreshes you. As parents, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in our children and their activities. I know. I raised three children and I was tempted to do the same. And although I do believe that being a parent is the most important calling you can have, that does not mean that it is the only calling you have.
I coach people who are stuck, who want to move forward in certain areas of their life, and if you would like some help moving forward in any of the areas I mentioned above or in any other area of your life, I’d love to help you get unstuck. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk.