82% Of Parents Are Struggling With Burnout – Here’s What We’re Doing About It

82% Of Parents Are Struggling With Burnout – Here’s What We’re Doing About It

Parenting is like a rollercoaster ride – full of highs and, let’s be real, a few loops along the way. From celebrating your child’s first steps to supporting your teen’s emotional needs – being a parent is an adventure unlike others. Parents face a multitude of pressures on a daily basis and these challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, leading to what experts refer to as parental burnout.

Parental burnout is a major concern that can affect the well-being of both parents and children. And so, in this blog, we’ll explore the significance of the Parent Hub, the research-backed strategies for addressing parental burnout, and how our platform incorporates these findings to empower parents on their journey towards resilience and well-being. 

Parental Burnout And Its Effects

Recent research paints a stark picture with a staggering 82% of UK parents experiencing parental burnout and 46% having anxiety. In addition to this, one in five parents currently struggle with poor mental health and one in five working adults, including parents, had to take time off work in the past year due to poor mental health. 

One parent bravely shared, “I feel like I’m crumbling under the pressure… I don’t know what to do.” It’s a sentiment echoed by countless others who feel like they’re barely keeping their heads above water. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg – Further research has shown that parental burnout has led to lack of energy and motivation, decreased patience, overwhelming exhaustion, emotional distance from children, and a sense of ineffectiveness in parenting. These stats highlight the struggles parents face in today’s world. From feeling overwhelmed to dealing with mental health issues, it’s clear that parenting can be really tough. Therefore, let’s take a look at a few research backed suggestions to address these challenges and support parents effectively.

Prioritize Making Time For Yourself 

In these challenging times, it’s important to prioritize self-care. Practices like maintaining a routine, engaging in enjoyable activities, and connecting with nature can help alleviate stress and promote well-being. Additionally, supporting others in need can provide a sense of purpose and connection, contributing to both personal and community resilience. By taking care of ourselves and each other, we can navigate through difficulties with strength and compassion. Research based on self-determination theory suggests that when people are kind to themselves, they’re more likely to feel in control of their lives, which helps reduce burnout. The upside to this is that Parent Hub provides resources and support to help parents prioritise self-care. From tips on maintaining routines to strategies for connecting with nature, we offer practical guidance to promote well-being.

Participate In Parenting Programmes

Parenting programmes provide invaluable support to parents by equipping them with knowledge and skills to enhance their children’s well-being. These programmes cover various topics such as children’s mental health, effective treatment methods, and fostering harmony within the household. By participating in programmes like Parent Hub, parents gain valuable insights into understanding and addressing their children’s needs, promoting their social and academic development. By empowering parents, these programmes play a crucial role in improving family dynamics and overall child outcomes.

Practice Self-Compassion

Research by BMC Public health in 2024 indicates that both self-compassion and concern for others can play crucial roles in reducing burnout among parents. Two studies have highlighted these findings, underscoring the importance of caring for oneself and showing compassion towards others. Prior research has consistently shown that both of these factors – self-compassion and concern for others – contribute to promoting overall well-being. By practising self-compassion and extending care towards others, caregivers can alleviate the risk of burnout, maintaining their mental health. In other words, when people show concern for others, it makes them feel more connected, which also helps reduce burnout. So, caring about yourself and others can make a big difference in preventing burnout and feeling better overall.

Talk To Other Parents

A study done on UK Parents showed that the first step to helping burnout is understanding that you’re not the only one snapping at your kids or camping them in front of the TV all day. It’s essential for parents to talk about parental burnout openly. Do not drown in it in solitude and isolation. It is vital to talk to people who will listen without judgement assist you in overcoming challenges.

Parental burnout is more common than many parents realize, with up to 5 million parents experiencing it each year. Talking openly about it can help normalize the experience, reducing feelings of shame and stigma. By discussing parental burnout openly, parents can seek support and work towards improving their well-being and that of their families. By joining the Parent Hub community, parents can engage in conversations about parental burnout openly, reducing feelings of shame and stigma. 

Practising Mindfulness

Mindfulness can actually make a big difference in how parents handle stress and avoid burnout. By encouraging a kinder outlook on themselves and cutting down on worries, mindfulness can be a game-changer for overwhelmed parents. So, when life throws curveballs, practicing mindfulness might just be the secret sauce to keeping parental burnout at bay. Especially in difficult times, a little mindfulness can go a long way in helping parents stay balanced and grounded. Additional tips on how to tackle parental burnout can be found in this article on our website.

Why is Parent Hub important? 

At GT Scholars, we understand the unique struggles that parents face and the toll burnout can have on their well-being. This is why we have created the Parent Hub which is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and resources to help parents navigate these challenges effectively.

Parent Hub serves as a vital resource for parents facing burnout and seeking support in various aspects of their lives. We understand that parenting is not just about raising children; it’s also about taking care of oneself. Through our platform, parents can access a wealth of resources, workshops, and community support to address burnout, enhance their well-being, and strengthen family dynamics.

The significance of Parent Hub becomes even more apparent when we look at the available traditional avenues for support, such as Parent-Teacher Associations and secondary schools, which may not always meet the diverse needs of modern-day parents. However, Parent Hub fills this gap by offering an online comprehensive platform that caters to the diverse needs of parents. Our community provides a supportive environment where parents can connect, share experiences, and find solace in knowing that they are not alone. Parent Hub equips parents with the tools and knowledge that they need to thrive personally and interpersonally – all in the comfort of their own home. 

What does the Parent Hub include?

In addition to this, Parent Hub goes the extra mile by prioritising evidence based programmes and resources. Whether it’s our expert-led webinars or our annual Parent Summit, we make sure to cover topics that are backed by evidence-based insights. Our Parent Resources Directory is full of resources and services that have been carefully selected, giving you access to support that’s tailored to your needs. Let’s have a look at a few highlights of what Parent Hub has to offer: 

  • Expert-led webinars covering topics like adolescent success, homeschooling, growth mindset, and financial literacy.
  • Annual Parent Summit featuring critical themes such as mental health and family engagement.
  • Replays of Career Summit sessions to support children’s career aspirations.
  • Fortnightly drop-in coffee and chat sessions for community connection and support.
  • Training sessions to become a source of inspiration and support within the community.
  • Comprehensive Parent Resources Directory including in-person drop-in sessions, free resources, and paid services.
  • Podcast offering in-depth discussions on parenting, education, and personal growth, with expert guests sharing valuable insights and practical tips.

If you’re a parent being affected by burnout or seeking support in navigating the challenges of parenthood, Parent Hub is here to help. Join our community today to access a wealth of resources, workshops, and support services designed to empower you on your parenting journey. Let’s conquer the rollercoaster ride of parenthood together, where we’ve got the thrills, spills, and support along the way!

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