Hands up whose children are really tired and wobbly at the moment?🙋♀️
More squabbles 😟
More tears 😭
More easily frustrated😡
More moans 😫
It might well be endoftermitus. It's real and parents suffer from it too. Are you suffering from these symptoms?
Less patience 😤
More tired 😴
Forgetting more things than usual 🤦♀️
To do list keeps getting longer 😱
This season is, in my experience, a roller coaster – lots of lovely activities and end of term trips. Preparation for the change of the new school year. Thinking about school holidays and the juggle that brings. Lots of tiredness and grumpiness, lots of happy memories and enjoying the outdoors, lots of feeling wobbly about looming change and big emotions flying around…..
The net result of this is as parents we work extra hard. In the Cresswell house we've also got birthday season here too so add in that bit of excitement too and it’s no wonder that everyone’s a little more wired than normal!
So what CAN you do to help navigate this?
There might not be a quick and easy fix it, but here are some steps you can take to help you through this intense few weeks:
Accept some bit are just a bit more bumpy!
Being honest and accepting it can sometimes be more helpful than fighting it! If it's the norm then maybe look into it further, but if you know right now it's just the end of term then roll with it - it will pass!
Build in moments to pause and breathe
Maybe literally to pause and breathe, maybe just giving yourself 5 minutes to have a cup of tea before you dash onto the next thing. Maybe it's a walk around the block. If life is too busy to do the things which really uplift you then start with something which is more achieveable - 5 minutes here and there can make a difference when you just need something to tide you over!
Drop the unnecessary
Whilst personalised gifts for the teacher are nice it's ok to stick to a box of chocolates and a heartfelt message in a card if it preserves your sanity. If the house is more of a mess than usual then does it really matter? You cannot do it all so choose the bits you are going to invest your time in wisely.
Speak kindly to yourself
If you're dropping the ball on some things then you're not alone. It happens, especially if there's too much going on. However how you speak to yourself in those moments can really increase or dial down the stress. Beating yourself up rarely helps anything. You're a parent who is doing their best and constantly learning. Keep going!
Hang in there - this will pass and the school holidays will come. (I know - a different challenge!)
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