One of the most important skills you can develop as a parent is recognizing when you are frazzled. When you realize that you are at the end of your rope, it is time to be with some emotionally replenishing people. Adult company is very important for maintaining balance and feeling calm and in control.

The reason emotionally aware adults are necessary to your well-being is that these are people who have developed compassion, empathy, and concern—and they can also find the words to express themselves. Emotionally aware adults have “good vibes,” meaning that their energy and physical presence is calming to be around. Enjoying time with adults who nurture you can actually change your brain state from stressed to calm.

Because children need to spend all their time managing their own emotions and feelings, they simply cannot help you manage yours. So don’t wait until you feel frazzled, isolated, depleted, exhausted, or depressed before you start looking for adult company. Remember to sprinkle in time for your emotional refueling.