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Oct 12, 2021

When Parenting Gets Overwhelming

Dr. Edward Sri

Feeling overwhelmed in parenting can often be a discouraging experience. Today, Dr. Sri and his wife share openly about the struggle of parenting, and how parents can turn to God in those hard moments when they are tempted to feel disappointed in themselves.

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Parents often feel unseen in their struggle raising their kids, but in the eyes of God, every loving effort of a parent is seen by him and precious to him.


When Parenting Gets Overwhelming

  • Feeling overwhelmed as a parent is a normal experience.
  • When you get overwhelmed, think about the ways you are being invited to grow. Perhaps you are being invited to give more, to learn more, or to make more space for others.
  • Feeling overwhelmed reminds us how much we need Jesus, because we cannot do everything on our own. 
  • When we start getting overwhelmed we are often tempted by the enemy to fall into discouragement, anger, bitterness, and self-condemnation. Discouragement is often rooted in pride, because it’s often a reaction to things not going according to our own plans. Just because things don’t go according to our plans, doesn’t mean they aren’t going as they should.
  • Parents often feel unseen in their struggle raising their kids, but in the eyes of God, every loving effort of a parent is seen and precious to him. 

“Jesus repair what I have done badly, supply for what I have left undone.”- Fr. Jacques D’Elbee 

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Meet Your Host: Dr. Edward Sri

Dr. Sri is a theologian and the author of several best-selling books. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. A founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), Dr. Sri currently serves as its vice president of formation. He appears regularly on EWTN and resides in Colorado with his wife, Elizabeth, and their eight children.

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  • Greatest podcast ever!! Beth, I related and loved ALL that you spoke today. I loved your prayer at the end and you and Dr. Sri’s suggestions. Can’t wait to get your new book.

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