Every day, I get out of bed and do my best to be the most incredible dad, husband, business owner and man I can be.
But sometimes I fall short. Short on energy, patience, answers, compassion or time.
Lately, my struggle with exhaustion seems more tough than usual. And whatever self pity I experience is overshadowed by the guilt that I am not doing a better job as a dad.
I’m not doing anything “wrong,” per se. It’s just that I’m so overwhelmed that I feel like it’s difficult to handle even the smallest of issues.
Of course it’s not really the issue that’s the problem, I have really good kids. The problem is that my nervous system is on overload — ALL THE TIME.
Is this how you feel, too?
The question is, how do we overcome this and simply love our children? Love them in a way that says “I’m so glad you’re here and that you chose me as your dad.”
To let all of the noise fade away so we can love our children and ENJOY them.
We were watching the first episode of The Brady Bunch on Hulu today, and Mr. & Mrs. Brady were on their honeymoon, regretting yelling at their kids and being short with them. I can relate.
So, what do we do?
I’ve found the best solution is to take better care of myself so I am more equipped to handle life. Meditation and exercise serve me very well, as does being mindful. I also apologize to my boys when I make a mistake. I can’t take it back, but I can at least admit my misstep.
When I’m mindful, I stop myself from reacting and getting stressed. Instead, I look at my boys, smile and realize how much I love them.
Thank you Max and Joss for being my boys.
And remember, you are not alone …
One Reply to “Loving Our Kids in the Face of Exhaustion”
A Great blog. And with 3 kids under five at the moment a good summary at how I was feeling