Over two years ago, life changed completely for everyone on the globe. In different ways, for different people. In order to deal with the changes of the Covid pandemic, many people went into survival mode. Two and a bit years later, as we start to feel more freedom, it is landing on us just what has happened. This might have been individual changes and losses, and certainly many changes in our communities and wider society.

The result for many parents has been that they are left in a state of burnout. At the end of 2021, 8 of 10 parents experienced some signs of burnout - and this has an impact not only on our own sense of wellbeing but also on how we are able to show up in our parenting role.

In my role as a clinical psychologist to pregnant women and people, and parents I have been privileged to witness the impact of the pandemic on people's family lives, and have spent the last year trying to understand what the collective trauma of the pandemic has meant for families. This workshop offers an opportunity for a deeper look on why we are so damn tired, and to think of ways that we can begin to recover from parental burnout and find a little more joy in our parenting.

It covers:

- Collective trauma

- what it is and how it impacts us

- Parental Burnout at different stages and the role of perfectionism

- The cycle of parental burnout and challenging child behaviour

- Ideas for gentle recovery