As the pandemic rages on, parents cannot help but worry that their kids will grow up anxious, lacking social skills, and fearful of others. At the same time, they themselves are experiencing burnout — they struggle to juggle work, parenting, and household responsibilities all while stuck indoors.
If parents are too stressed out, can they still raise children who can overcome challenges and dispel negative emotions? SmartParenting.com.ph enlisted the help of Michelle Tambunting, Conscious Parenting Coach in Training and founder of Happiness Class PH to answer this question at the recent Edamama Online Family Expo.
From August 1 to 4 2021, Edamama, an online integrated platform for mothers, hosted a one-of-a-kind family event where parents could shop, learn, and have fun in one virtual space. They also had an array of talks about ‘Parenting in the Next Normal’, with topics on pregnancy and childbirth, caring for children, schooling, health and wellness, and family and home.
At the expo, Smart Parenting talked with Michelle on how to deal with parental burnout and raise resilient kids during a pandemic. One of the things she’s learned is that parents need to “live more intentionally, reconnect with yourself and tell yourself that self-care is not selfish.”
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On the other hand, raising resilient kids is all about letting our children unfold. This helps them discover more about themselves and become more positive amid the uncertainties. “Be present without saying too much,” advises Michelle.
Watch her talk about raising resilient kids below:
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During the talks, Michelle was also able to connect and chat with mom attendees and answer their questions on parenting. She reminded moms that while teaching children to ask for help is an important skill, it’s up to the parents to let of their need to solve their children’s problems. “Let them ask and then guide — do not fix,” she shares.
When moms expressed their fears about their child’s safety and becoming too involved because they do not want their children to experience pain and disappointment, Michelle said that bubbles are not always healthy for our kids.
“We have to learn to release and let go and let our children unfold,” she says. “Changing your words and language can make such a big difference.”
Click here for the signs of parental burnout and how to deal with them.