We all know that parenting can be tiring even at the best of times. But when milestones come into it, the exhaustion really hits. When it comes to night-time potty training, the added strain of getting up at all hours of the night or staying constantly aware of your child’s movements in case they need to use the toilet is mentally and physically draining.
Today we’d like to give our top self-care tips for tired parents with a focus on how to keep your head up after sleepless nights.
It’s important to have a support network outside of your own home and take advice/strength from those who are not invested in the situation. Some of us prefer to confide in close friends while others benefit more from opening up to a professional. We would recommend the latter as this provides a free and open space for you to vent any anger, frustration, or simply spend some time talking about yourself instead of others! Decide what makes you feel the most comfortable and schedule in regular time to talk things out. Simply taking the time for yourself and sticking to it is half the battle.
When you “wake up” in the morning after a broken night’s sleep, things are likely to feel especially overwhelming. Planning ahead is a lifesaver and will make everything feel far more manageable. Work out the best way to plan –a shared online calendar with your partner is a great way to keep on track with all the commitments for everyone in the family. That way, everyone knows where they need to be at what time which both makes life easier, minimises the risk of missing appointments (every parent’s fear) and avoids the risk of conflict with your partner by sharing responsibility and making sure you’re on the same page.
When you’re both running on empty, this puts excess pressure on any relationship. It’s all too easy to exacerbate this pressure when we make practical plans (food shopping, doctors’ appointments) but forget to make space for enjoying ourselves. Spending time together with your children and partner doing something fun will keep you all relaxed and give everyone a much-needed respite. Whether that’s taking the dog for a walk somewhere new, heading down to the seaside for the day or even playing a board game with all mobile phones shut out the room, quality time will keep relationships strong and spirits positive.
The Family Seat is built with an ergonomic, solid construction resulting in a strong, stable seat to give your child confidence during the potty-training process. For advice on any aspect of potty training and for any help purchasing a Family Seat, email our team at email@example.com . Family Seat supports the children’s communication charity I CAN, who are experts in helping children to develop the language, speech and communication skills that they need to thrive in our 21st-century world. We donate 50p to I CAN on each and every seat purchased through the official Family Seat website.