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Emotional Exhaustion in Parenting Big Kids is Real

Emotional exhaustion in parenting is real.

It wasn’t because I was physically tired, it was emotional exhaustion that I crashed.

I crawled into bed on a Saturday after lunch and slept for three solid hours like I could back in the raising baby days when you’d been up all night and narcolepsy-type-moments overtook you in the most random daytime moments.

I hate naps.

I don’t sleep mid-day.

But the raising-big-kids emotional exhaustion was just too much.

My mind has been swirling around one of my teen’s situations for weeks. Just how all the events in his life seemed to be colliding not in his favor (it’s all okay and then not), and a hum of worry in my heart won’t stop playing.

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.

Legs.

Chest.

Back.

Face.

Lips.

Ears.

Mouth.

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.

For three full hours.

Ya’ll, I woke up a new person.

Rested.

Hope-filled.

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?

A nap.

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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