There have been many times during my almost 15 years as a mother when I have experienced — maybe even asked for — mommy burnout. And while mommy burnout is probably most acute during the years when there are small, needy infants and toddlers in the home, I’ve learned that burnout can occur at any stage of motherhood.
Take this month for example. (The month we are highlighting The Power of Balance. What comedic irony! I have been anything but balanced.) After moving all the contents of our home two times in one week while staying in a hotel (long story, don’t ask), hosting out-of-town family for my daughter’s baptism as well as a week-long reunion (part of the time in the hotel, part of the time in our new home, which had neither a refrigerator or washer/dryer for several days), immediately packing up my family (again) for a week-long reunion with the other side of the family, and then coming back home for just one day to prepare a dinner for about 70 family members at yet another larger, extended-family reunion where we would be camping overnight (deep breath), I was feeling a teensy weensy bit off kilter. Especially when I finally came home “for good” to a house still full of boxes and messes.