Eight out of 10 Parents Struggling with Parental Burnout

Research carried out by UK charity Action for Children has found that more than 80% of parents are struggling with at least one symptom of burnout due to the impact of Covid-19.

The UK helpline, formerly known as the National Children’s Home, has helped support a total of 368,648 children in 2019-20. Statements such as “I feel like I’m on a ride and I can’t get off”, “I want to leave this house and never come back” and “I feel like I’m drowning” are just some of the real conversations the helpline has been party to in supporting parents.

Although Covid restrictions have been relaxed for many months, around 82% of parents admit they are struggling with at least one symptom of burnout.

Identified as ‘a prolonged response to chronic and overwhelming parental stress’, symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Disruption to sleep
  • Feeling isolated
  • Depression
  • Overwhelming mental exhaustion

The survey found that parents of pre-school age were more likely to say that they have suffered at least one of the indicators compared to parents of secondary aged children, with financial worries adding further pressure to parents.

Lynn Giles, Parent Talk Manager at Action for Children, said, “Every day Parent Talk hears heartbreaking stories of children struggling with their mental health, education, development – the list is endless and these issues are hurting children from newborns to teens. Parents are desperately trying to help support their children but are often feeling utterly overwhelmed with nowhere to turn. Desperate to do the right thing, but not knowing what that is.”

If you are struggling with symptoms of burnout or want to learn more, read the latest article from Krysten Taprell, The Therapist Parent who explores the subject further in ‘Parental Burnout: Understanding the Top Five Warning Signs’.

 

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Carrie Plummer - Editor & Content Manager


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