Being an at home parent may be the best job youll ever get, but its HARD. Youre on call 24/7, and when you go on vacation, you still have the same responsibilities. And if you have a home business or work at home job, life can be even more challenging.
The first step to coping with burnout is preventing it in the first place. Dont overfill your schedule with activities for the kids or yourself. Take a little time for yourself every day. You dont need to be alone, but you do need to relax a little. Whether this may be during the kids naps or when theyre in school, even taking just a few minutes for you can really help. Then you can take advantage of the time to get things done with a clear head.
Make sure your expectations and those of your family are realistic. If youre running a home business or have a work at home job, you cant be expected to keep as perfect a house as a mother who does not. Pick a day to do the laundry, the vacuuming and other housework that doesnt need to be done on a daily basis and leave it until then unless the urgent need arises, of course.
When you get angry, dont consider yourself an imperfect or bad parent. We all get angry...