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Monday, July 21, 2014

Muffins with Mom – 5 signs you have experienced Frazzled Parent Syndrome

If you have a child who is a toddler or older, you have officially passed the parenting probationary period (made up by me). However, your child may be at a stage that has you considering whether you should request an extension on your probation.
With each stage of childhood, I think there should be a parenting probationary period with a statement that says, I’d like to skip this stage. During your parenting journey there may be episodes that cause you to feel frazzled.

Has there ever been an occasion where you felt like a frazzled parent? Maybe you signed your child up for several activities then had to figure out how you would get him to each place. If you are not sure whether you have fallen prey to frazzled parent syndrome, here are 5 signs to look for.

1.      You were late getting your child to practice because you forgot what day it was.

2.      While completing school forms for your child, you accidentally list your birthdate instead of your child’s.

3.      You feel like you need a revolving door at the entrance of your home because you’re coming and going so much.

4.      You return from a vacation feeling overwhelmed.

5.      Your mind is cluttered with thoughts of what you need to do next- stop by the grocery story, sort through laundry, prepare lunches for the next day, etc.
Now that you’ve identified whether you have experienced frazzled parent syndrome, what are some solutions?

1.      Gather your family together for a heart to heart talk; reassess responsibilities if necessary.

2.      Eliminate some of the activities that have you overloaded.

3.      Make time for stress free moments together as a family to reconnect and strengthen family ties.
A family outing

When you’re feeling frantic or frazzled, know that your situation does not always have to be that way. Even though things may not work out as planned, lean on faith to keep you moving in the right direction.

What are your tips for handling a frazzled parent situation?


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