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Helicopter Moms: Are You Mothering — Or Smothering?

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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Julie Hanks

Sharecare Now's #1 Online Depression Influencer. Licensed psychotherapist Julie Hanks, LCSW has over 20 years in the mental health field, providing outpatient psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with complex mental health and relationship problems. In addition to providing therapy and serving as Director of Wasatch Family Therapy, she provides answers to visitor questions on PsychCentral.com, hosts the "You and Yours" podcast, and blogs on her own site. Ms. Hanks is a regular TV and media contributor, recently appearing on TLC and Discovery Health. Her mental health and relationship advice has been featured in national publications including Women's Health, Parenting, Cosmopolitan, E!, Social Work Today, and others.

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