Emotional exhaustion in parenting is real.
But the raising-big-kids emotional exhaustion was just too much.
Then one of my other sons has been fighting strep, then was fine and went back to school. Then another random fever emerged, then he was fine and went back to school. Then came home a Friday afternoon with a rash that had exploded on him like he’d been ricocheted by paintballs at a birthday party.
Red dots stretched out and ran together and pounded all over his skin.
My brain does not do well with these kinds of things: I always start with the worst-case scenario.
Luckily, early Saturday morning, a physician could see him, so tests were taken, allergic reactions (and such) ruled out, and diagnosis speculated.
We came home from the doctor’s appointment and my sick kid sat on my bed with the television remote. I sat next to him, then sunk into the pillow and was out. Comatose.
Ya’ll, I woke up a new person.
It was unusual, for me.
And as I slept, a reassuring message came from the doctor with one set of good test results. Then, a text came in that made me feel better about my teen I’ve been stressing about so much.
The hope grew even more.
Moms, do know what we sometimes need to maybe not completely solve our problems, but for sure to take the edge off?
Yes, our phase of life doesn’t carry the same physical exhaustion as when we were lifting, carrying, and getting broken nights of sleep for consecutive years from raising littles. But the emotional exhaustion from parenting bigs can be just as draining.
And sometimes we just need three full hours to sleep.
Right in the middle of the day.
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Raising big kids is an up, down, twirly ride. Sometimes it’s absolutely amazing, and you want to freeze time to soak it all in. And other times, it’s so challenging and lonely. It’s all a journey, and this page is here for the journey. I hope these articles help ease some of the parenting struggles.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.