PARENTING IS A LONG DIFFICULT WAY
Being a parent today means quite different from the parenting practice of previous generations. In the last thirty or forty years, researchers have begun to reflect on how a “good parent” should be, what to do, what to avoid and to work in this area. In the same period, newspapers and magazines published didactic articles and lists containing golden rules on the subject. In short, parenting has turned into a field of expertise. The pressure to strive more than ever for the development, health, and happiness of children also brought a new concept: burnout syndrome in parents. So who is affected? What are the risk factors that lead parents to burnout syndrome? What is the link of chronic stress with burnout? What role does the family ideal play in bringing about burnout? What are the negative behaviors triggered by burnout? What are the protection factors that compensate for risk factors and how can they be improved? What training methods should be avoided to reduce the likelihood of burnout syndrome? What is “positive parenting”? What are the ways to correct the parental image against burnout? Is burnout in parents an inevitable and permanent condition, in other words is it fate?
Moïra Mikolajczak and Isabelle Roskam, both clinical psychologists, bring together their professional knowledge in Parental Burnout with their personal parenting experience, shedding light on the formation process and consequences of this challenging picture. It is a unique resource for parents who are tired in their relationships with their children and looking for a way back to a healthy and balanced parenting.