How To Overcome Sheer Exhaustion In Parenting [Podcast]

Season 2, Episode 12- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

It happens to the best of us- exhaustion. It’s really unavoidable because that’s just the way parenting goes. In today’s episode, we along with our co-host, Nicole Goerges, discuss some practical ways to overcome the exhaustion bug.


We’re tired. In fact, just hearing the word “exhaustion” makes us want to take a nap. We’ve often said that we’re a grand total of 14 years behind on sleep. If we added our years of parenting to John and Nicole’s 14 years, we’re a combined 28 years behind! We’re kidding, of course, but sometimes it feels that way.

Parenting in general is exhausting. But when you’re a foster, adoptive, or special needs parent you often deal with exhaustion on a grander scale. One of the biggest questions we receive often, from weary foster, adoptive, and special needs parents is, “I’m so tired. How can I ever find rest?” We understand. All three of us are in that trench.

Listen To The Podcast.


Notes and Quotes From The Show.

Here are the 6 steps we shared during the show…

  1. Call SOS. Be willing to call out and let other’s (specifically your support system) know you need help.
  2. Seek community. You need people around you that get where you’re coming from, are in the trenches with you, and are non-judgemental.
  3. Take a time out. Much like you give your children a time out to allow them the margin to think through what they’ve done, and change course, you need to take a time out to think and process every now and then.
  4. Do something that brings you joy
  5. Gratitude. Make a list of the things you have been given in your life already. Be grateful for them. Give thanks for the things you’ve been blessed with, in-spite of the trials you are going through.
  6. Recalibrate. Stop what you are doing and hit the reset button in order to get back on course. 

Here are some of our favorite quotes from today’s episode…

Resources and Links.

weary-parent_s-guide-cover-3d_left_720The biggest resource we mentioned in this episode was the book that we co-wrote last summer called The Weary Parent’s Guide To Escaping Exhaustion. In the book we share a realistic 9-day plan to help you finally get the rest you need. We intentionally made each step practical because we know how difficult life is, especially when you’re an adoptive, foster, or special needs parent. To be honest, this was the easiest book to compile because we needed to jot down the things that we personally needed to do on our own journey! It’s a free download!

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We hope you enjoyed today’s broadcast and we hope you enjoy our eBook. After you read the book, let us know what you think by sending us an email here. Our hope is that our words in today’s episode can bring encouragement and rejuvenation to you on this sometimes defeating journey!

Question: How do you find strength on the exhausting journey of parenting? Share your story with us You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Jennifer Brown

    My husband and I are so there…exhausted. We adopted a sibling group of 3 children 3 years ago from foster care. We had them in foster care first for 2 years. The oldest has PTSD, ADHD, RAD and anxiety. The youngest is developmentally delayed in all areas and has some tiring quirks. We live in a very rural area (northern North Dakota). There are support groups, but they are 2.5 hours away and during the week. We have not found anyone nearby who understands what we are going through that can help out. We find if hard to even have date nights because babysitters are scarce. We are exhausted and working on the first step…reaching out. Hopefully, with our limited resources we will be able to find someone to help us.

    • Hey Jennifer, I just saw your comment in my email and thought I would reach out. We totally understand the isolation you feel. We are getting close to debuting a brand new support network that is completely online and regardless of where you are in the country, you can access real people in real time who are in the trenches and can offer encouragement. If you’re on our email list you’ll hear about it first. We hope this brings you some encouragement. Hang in there. 😉