WPR045: Your Roadmap Out of Survival Mode

Do you ever wonder if you're doing the "right" things as a parent?



Are you tired of living in survival mode?

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by Sarah Argenal
WPR045: Your Roadmap Out of Survival Mode

Episode Summary:

Our world is so fast-paced and noisy these days, it seems almost impossible to be in control of our lives as working parents. Many people just believe BALANCE is an impossible ideal, so they don't even try to work toward it anymore. They just put their head down and work harder and faster to get through the day. And a record number of people are suffering from burnout, anxiety and depression as a result.

Just about everyone I talk to has a different combination of struggles as working parents, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Overwhelm
  • Frustration
  • Resentment… these are all pretty much par for the course.
  • Feeling like a failure because you aren't meeting all of your own or other people's expectations (which are totally unachievable, but you still hold yourself to these impossible standards).
  • A marriage that feels distant or is even falling apart
  • Feeling like a terrible parent because you don't spend much time with your kids, and when you do you're distracted and impatient and just want to rush through it so you can either take care of household responsibilities or just get a MINUTE to yourself.
  • Your self-care is lacking and it's taking a toll on your health and relationships and your overall levels of happiness.
  • You might be experiencing behavior problems with your kids
  • Your house is disorganized and overwhelming
  • You're just going through the motions. The things you really care about are pushed back to take care of things you feel like you really NEED to be doing.
  • Your identity is shifting now that you're a working parent.

If you listened to my episode a couple of weeks ago about what's changing in 2018 (WPR043), you know I'm focusing even more this year on helping parents become more deliberate in all areas of their lives. I truly believe that until we learn how to reclaim control of our lives, to tune out all of the distractions, to reframe our expectations of ourselves, and focus on what's actually most important to us, we're going to continue to struggle with all of the issues I just listed, no matter how many time management books come out or videos you watch about marriage tips or articles you read about disciplining your child. All of those issues can be improved, if not resolved, by becoming more intentional and selective about what gets your attention in your everyday life. And there are some specific things that will make that possible for all of us.

I also mentioned in WPR043 that I'll be doing a challenge this year to help people finally become more deliberate in 12 different areas of their lives. And that's what I wanted to talk about a little bit today. The Deliberate Life Challenge, is my way of helping working parents simplify their lives and become more intentional so they can finally overcome the overwhelm and struggle. If you haven't already signed up, you can go to to make sure you're notified about everything that's happening.

Show Notes:

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Deliberate Life Challenge

WPR043: What’s Changing for the Working Parent Resource in 2018

Working Parent Resource Coffee Chat

Working Parent Resource Website

About the Working Parent Resource:

The Working Parent Resource helps burned out working parents optimize their time, improve their relationships and escape survival mode for good.

Welcome to the Working Parent Resource Podcast. This podcast is all about helping burned out working parents escape survival mode by becoming more intentional at home, at work, and everywhere in between. Together we explore fundamental principles of psychology, the latest research on subjects such as happiness, productivity, mindfulness and relationships, and we hear personal stories that are all designed to help you become the best version of yourself in a noisy and demanding world. Let's break down the overwhelm together so you can create a more deliberate and fulfilling lifestyle on YOUR terms.

Sarah Argenal is the Founder and CEO of the Working Parent Resource and Host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast. She has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development and is a Certified Professional Coach with 20 years of experience in psychotherapy, coaching, college-level instruction, program development, and project management. Sarah lives with her husband and two little boys in San Diego, California. 

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Would you like to chat?

I love connecting with my audience, so I set aside a few hours every week to chat with the people who are listening. If you’re a working parent who’s struggling to create a more deliberate lifestyle, if you’re burned out from trying to juggle too many things, I would love to chat with you. Just click this link to get on my calendar. I’d love to chat!


This show was sponsored by the Deliberate Life Challenge, a series of free monthly challenges to help burned out working parents reduce stress, maximize their time and become more intentional in every area of their lives in 2018.  This is an ongoing challenge, so you can join in anytime. Click here for details and to sign up:


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Are you tired of living in survival mode?

it's free!
Let's get back to focusing on what really matters.