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If you’re a parent, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that these are very difficult times. During this global pandemic, parents are being asked to simultaneously do multiple different jobs at the same time, and the expectations and evaluations we’re placing on ourselves can be crushing. Pandemic parenting leaves adult feeling overwhelmed.
I recently stumbled upon a meme on Facebook, of all things, and I knew that I had to reach out to its author to ask her to come on the podcast.
Here’s an excerpt from that meme:
Working, parenting, and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time. It’s not hard because you’re doing it wrong. It’s hard because it’s too much. Do the best you can. Prioritize your mental health.
Such compassionate words that so many of us need to hear right now. Words written by this week’s guest, Dr. Emily King.
Dr. Emily King is a Licensed Psychologist and Heath Services Provider in private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with anxiety, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. King received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In this episode we touch on:
- The importance of self-compassion in times like these
- How you can use anchor points in your routine to help everyone feel more comfortable where they’re at in their day
- The unique needs that kids might have during these times and how we can help them thrive through them.
- What self-care looks like and how we can cultivate it to help us show up as our best
- How to cultivate more compassionate, open communication with our partners and spouses during this intense time
I know you’re going to appreciate this conversation with Dr. Emily King. Please share this with another parent who might need some compassion during this time.