The importance of acknowledging how hard it is to parent

I love this piece from Motherwell: “And in my experience, full-time caregiving for young children, while it can be rewarding, can also be incredibly isolating, stressful, and both emotionally and physically demanding. Even the worst, most outrageous boss is an adult who observes minimal pro-social norms. For the most part people at work won’t follow you around the office screaming hysterically because you didn’t get them the right kind of sandwich. Toddlers, not so much. Young children are all need, all the time. ‘The thing about being a stay-at-home mom,’ one friend confided recently, ‘is it’s just so relentless.’”

Parenting is so hard. And parents and caregivers get so little credit. We need to work to change that.

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