The condition called “mom burnout” seems like a right of passage. It starts with your newborn when you’re physically exhausted to the max; there’s not a whole lot you can do about that. But, the mom burnout evolves as you add kids and as they get older (especially for Americans, in my observation). You might eventually recover from the physical exhaustion, but for some reason we feel the drive that keeps us emotionally, mentally and spiritually exhausted indefinitely.
Let me give you an example. Four years ago, I was a mom with two kids under the age of four and pregnant with my third. We hosted a weekly Bible study (with dinner!) at our house; I served on the worship team at church and also was the director of our chartable programs. I was a writer on the side…and of course there was trying to cook and clean and be a good mom and wife. I did it all, but I really didn’t do any of it as well as I wanted to. And while I loved my family, I found it difficult to make it through a day without snapping at them.
In the months before and after my daughter was born, weekly emotional breakdowns were par for the course. I blamed the hormones and shrugged it off as normal. But when I started tearing up in my doctor’s office one day, she didn’t shrug it off and challenged me reevaluate my life a little bit.
I know that not everyone experiences mom burnout in the same way I do. For me, I tend to overcommit myself. For you, perhaps you’re simply weary—because raising kids is difficult enough all on its own.
Mom burnout doesn’t have to be your status quo. If you’re finding it difficult to get through an average day, maybe it’s time for you to reevaluate a little bit too.
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