"Parenting is stressful for several reasons:
It is a never-ending job. The average workday is only 9–12 hours long for a reason. No one is healthy or efficient if we never stop working, but that is the reality of parenting.
It is personal. We love our kids more than we love ourselves. Nothing is more important to us than their happiness and success. So, every small moment of failure feels monumental.
Unrealistic Ideals. Society has us set up to struggle to succeed. We now must have at least a full-time job in addition to parenting just to afford to feed our kids. On top of that, if you do not come to school events, and sign them up for 100 activities, and join the PTO, you can feel judged as the parent who does not do enough. Ironically, not only do your kids not need you to do all that, doing too much can actually cause them to struggle with their mental health.
Inaccurate Parenting Tips. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people out there who have not been updated on child development in the past 30 years. These people are still spreading behavior focused parenting strategies that we now know do not work and can actually do harm. Some of these people even have psychology degrees. This misinformation makes it incredibly stressful for parents to figure out who to listen to and what to do to raise their kids to be the best they can be. In general, if the advice is focused on controlling your child’s behavior and not on their emotional and developmental needs, it is bad advice."
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