Burned out parents, burned out kids

Brad M. Griffin | Feb 5, 2010

Parents who complain of feeling burned out at work are more likely to have kids who are burned out at school. ((http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/burned-out-so-are-your-kids/ ))

Last month I posted research about stress becoming a top health concern for teens in the U.S. Last week NY Times reporter Tara Parker-Pope shared about a study in Finland that revealed that burnout tends to run in families. This is particularly true between mothers burnt out at work and their teen daughters burnt out at school.

On some level this seems intuitive, but for us who are parents, how much do we pretend or hope that our stress and even burnout wont impact our kids? Perhaps were fooling ourselves to think thats possible. And on the flip side, how could our own self-care practices prevent burnoutboth for us and for our kids?

For more on stress and burnout, check out this resource we put together last year for urban youth workers with the help of Dr. Jude Tiersma Watson and Kimberly Williams.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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