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Working Moms & Dads Can Simplify Family & Work Life

You Can Overcome Being Overwhelmed

  • Too much to do? Too many tugs on your heart and your time?
  • Is life too fast? Too complicated?
  • Do you need more work-life balance? More harmony?
  • Have you been wondering: “How can I get it all done?”
  • Does it seem like you are walking through mud?
  • Does it seem like life is spinning out of control?
  • Is it hard to find joy at work? With your family?
  • Is there too much conflict in your life?
  • Are you wondering how best to parent when you are stressed? How best to work?
  • Do you find yourself being overly reactive?
  • Are you wondering what you can do to not lose your temper? Or yell?

Do life’s obligations seem overwhelming?

Parents today are overwhelmed with all that there is to do.

What does it mean to ‘Simplify Life’? At work? At home?

How can you ‘Overcome Being Overwhelmed’?

Is it possible to reduce some of your life’s stressors?

You can find ways to reduce stress and improve your family and work life.

Sometimes parents get overwhelmed by all that is happening in life, especially during high stress times.
This can happen when one has a busy family life and a busy work life.

Stressed and overwhelmed parents:
  • Want to manage the relationship between parents in a more peaceful way.
  • Want to have a work-life balance.
  • Seldom invite guests to their home: few playdates and gatherings with family and friends.
  • Find that they are not tending to relationships – in the family and with friends.
  • Family members may not like being a part of the family, family is unhappy, there may be too much conflict, and nobody gets along.
  • Need support as they work towards a less stressful family life.
  • Find it hard to focus, hard to read.
  • Find it hard to get the dishes and the laundry done.
  • Find it hard to do anything ‘extra.’
  • Find that their family life is chaotic.
  • Want to manage work deadlines even when there are pressures to get home earl y.
  • Find that they are stressed physically. May become emotional during times of stress.
  • Have a ‘short fuse.’ They have frequent anger episodes and emotional upsets. They may be more reactive.
  • Are not getting enough sleep because they are up worrying about all that they have to do tomorrow and the next day and the next.
  • Are not taking care of themselves. Minimal self-care: Not eating healthily or exercising, not making and keeping their doctor’s appointments.
  • Are not able to keep up with their obligations.
  • Are missing out on family fun.

***One important note: being overwhelmed is not the same as feeling overwhelmed. 

Feeling overwhelmed or being depressed can be a mental health concern, so please contact a mental health professional if that is happening.


Stressors are cumulative.

Is it possible to reduce the number of stressors? 

Do you wonder if you can simplify your life?

Why does this happen?
  • Not enough time to do what needs to be done.
  • Not enough physical help and/or emotional support with parenting.
  • Too many house chores.
  • Over scheduled family life.
  • Uncertain about how best to parent – Don’t know what to do – Need more parenting tools.
  • Co-Parents and caregivers don’t agree on how best to parent.
  • Need a better co-parenting plan or parallel parenting plan.
  • Parent and/or child’s sensitive, intense temperament, or other incompatible temperaments.
  • Not having someone to guide or show you what you can do, a role model.
  • Need a better work-life balance. Need more harmony between home and work life.
  • Too much stress from work or the family.
  • Not enough sleep and self-care.
  • Unexpected obligations.
  • Unstable family relationships.
  • Parent or child’s physical or mental health issues.
  • Need to care for sick or elderly family members.
  • Long-lasting effects of childhood trauma.
  • Loved one’s substance abuse.
  • Not knowing what needs to change or how to make those changes.
Why is simplifying so important? By minimizing life’s stressors, you will:
  • Manage the time requirements of work and their family more easily.
  • Feel better physically.
  • Feel less stressed.
  • Feel calmer.
  • Feel more in control.
  • Reduce chaos.
  • Be less reactive, will have a ‘longer fuse.’
  • Be better able to manage life’s challenges.
  • Be more flexible when necessary.
  • Improve family and work relationships. Everyone will enjoy being at work and with the family more.
  • Parent in a way that will feel better to everyone in the family.
  • Find more joy.
  • Have more time for family fun.
  • Have more time for relationships in the family and with friends.
  • Find more happiness.
  • Care for yourself and your well-being.

Reduce Stress. Reduce Worry. 

Overcome the Overwhelm. Simplify. 

Sleep More. Calm Your Life.

Here are resources for parents who want to simplify their family and work life, reduce stress, and
make family and work life better:


The upcoming 4-week, 7-step workshops will focus on helping you to discover what changes are possible and then discerning whether and when these changes can be made. This will be a dedicated time during which you can identify what you need to do to simplify your life and reduce family and work stress and then create a plan to do so.


Tuesday, January 9, 16, 23, 30: select either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.


Friday, February 2, 9, 16, 23: 10 a.m.

Saturday, February 3, 10, 17, 24: 10 a.m.

Wednesday, February 7, 14, 21, 28: select either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.


Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20, 27: select 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Friday, March 8, 15, 22, 29: 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 9, 16, 23, 30: 10 a.m.


The workshop will offer four weeks of coaching, encouragement, and guidance. It will include:

  • Weekly guided discovery and decision sessions. We will work through the 7 steps that can lead to a simpler and less stressful life. These will be LIVE coaching sessions on Zoom, not prerecorded. There will be time for Q&A.
  • Four 30-minute private, personal coaching sessions.
  • Downloadable workbook to record your discoveries and decisions as you work through the 7 steps.
  • A weekly Q&A/group coaching session.

Each workshop will be limited to a small group of parents.

Registration fee: $200 per family.

Parenting talk: An Introduction to the 7 steps – One hour. Registration fee is $20 per family.

Are you wondering: “I don’t have time to work on simplifying. Why should I add one more thing to my to-do list?”

Doing this work will make your to-do list smaller. That is the goal, and it can happen.

If now is not a good time, then when?

As the old saying goes, ‘time is of the essence.’

You can make things better, sooner rather than later.

When parents don’t have the peaceful family life and work life that they have always dreamed of, it may be time to work on simplifying life. 

This 4-week coaching workshops will be facilitated by Jennifer Watanabe, a long-time parent coach, who retired from Bellevue College in Washington state after 24 years of teaching parenting classes to parents of young children. She is a certified:

  • Parent Coach from Seattle Pacific University’s Parent Coaching Institute.
  • Positive Discipline Parenting Educator.

Jennifer is encouraging and non-judgmental. Her coaching style is effective and leads to positive changes.

During her many years of working with parents, Jennifer has seen first-hand many wonderful parents face hurdles parenting the way they had hoped due to being stressed and overwhelmed. These workshops came about as a way to support and guide parents as they work to reduce the stress in their family and work life.

For questions about this workshop or coaching, please contact:

Jennifer Watanabe at

206-399-4355 okay to text

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Coaching is not therapy. Therapy TREATS emotional wounds and can be a much-needed family resource. Coaching acknowledges the past, and then CREATES a plan with the parent for moving forwardee

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