Tuesday Topic: Avoiding Burn-Out

Our Tuesday Topic this week comes from…me! Yesterday I wrote a post about avoiding Burn-out as parents. Some of us are parenting lots of kids, challenging kids, or children with special needs. Some of us have no special needs, but life as parents is just plain challenging. Under the best of circumstances, December is a busy time with lots of demands, and it is easy to get overloaded. I shared some of my thoughts, but I would love to hear your ideas.

How do you avoid Burn-out?

As always, I’ll hold your answers until next Tuesday, December 15th, and share them all at once.

I look forward to reading your great responses!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Anonymous
    December 9, 2009

    I've tried to think about what I'd add to this topic and here are the things that've helped me:

    1) Putting my younger children to bed on time and fairly early (7-8 pm). This has given me time to wind down, and have some time to myself or to spend with my husband and teens.

    2) Connecting with other adoptive parents who can understand and help support me or offer good advice.

    3) Giving myself permission to leave the younger or difficult children at home to enjoy fun time out with my teens and/or husband…

    4) Remembering all that God did when He brought these children to our family…Money He provided, judges hearts that were changed, etc… and having faith that He has good plans for us.

    Lisa H.

  2. Sophie Neri
    December 10, 2009

    Hi Lisa,
    I'm one of your blog stalkers (kidding),I do love your posts though. I don't have as many children as you and I don't homeschool but with 6 kids and caring for elderly parents life is pretty hectic.I think one of my best stress relievers is reading.I read my Bible every night after I put my youngest 3 to bed. I also take a Bible study class once a week and put my daughter in the children's ministry so I have 2 whole hours to myself. Unfortunately I don't have much time to excersice but when the weather is nice I go for walks and when it's very cold out we're off to the mall I put her in the stroller and I walk around. I can't sit still for too long and I've always enjoyed going for long power walks, it really seems to help. Occasionally I'll tap into my creative side, I really enjoy baking and just recently I took a cake decorating class which was fun. The kids got a kick out of my creations and they really enjoy helping me with the cake and cookie decorating so it's fun time spent together. As much as we love our family it's important to love yourself as well and take some time to care for yourself spiritually, physically and emotionally, you function better as a parent and a spouse.

  3. Mamita J
    December 12, 2009


    You have great recommendations for avoiding burn-out.

    My top recommendation is to have a supportive husband/wife. I don't get anywhere near 12 hours a week of free time, but when I'm at the end of my sanity, my husband is quick to notice and send me away to let me have some mommy-time. I don't think I could do this without him.



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