Parenting is considered one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in life, yet it is also linked with increased stress, unhappiness and depression. A recent study published in The Journal of Child and Family Studies suggests that it is the level of intensity with which you parent — not simply being a parent — that leads to more stress, less life satisfaction and more depression. In this study, five “intense mothering beliefs” were identified and correlated with unhappiness for moms with young children. Ironically, many of these intense beliefs are how we currently define “good mothering.” This research suggests that moderation in parenting is needed, even when it comes to being a mom. Watch the video from Julie Hanks, LCSW, to discover five myths about mothering as well as what you can do to help your child – and yourself.
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