“I can’t do it all”: An open letter to exhausted parents

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Psychologist Dr. Colleen Long shares through a touching open letter that no parent should try to do it all. Full story here.

Psychologist Dr. Colleen Long shares through a touching open letter that no parent should try to do it all. Full story here.

Dr. Colleen Long is a licensed clinical psychologist with a practice in Boston, Massachusetts as well as Los Angeles, CA. She’s also a proud mother and loving wife. From time to time, this busy mum contributes informative pieces to Psychology Today, and recently she shared an amazing piece that can truly assist any parent who feels exhausted.

According to Dr. Long, it’s all about admitting to yourself the simple fact that no matter how many hats you wear, or responsibilities you hold, parents simply can’t do it all.

While many Psychology Today entries are research based papers that offer insight on a new concept or discovery, Dr. Long’s newest assertion (or realisation, rather) come sin the form of an open letter.

Mother With Baby Suffering From Post Natal Depression

In this open letter, this overworked, tired mother discusses the stress that’s associated with parenting and how it can put on a damper on your once easily completed to-do list. Not to mention the emotional distress of financial stability, dealing with her marriage, and trying to manage every facet of her own family.

Of course, this mother’s problems and concerns are far from a happy story, but don’t give her your pity. This empowered mother knows exactly where she stands physically and emotionally; she just needed an outlet through which she could speak her mind. And, quite frankly, it’s refreshing to hear a clinical psychologist open up in a similar fashion to one of her patients.

As I said, Dr. Long’s story isn’t one that will leave you joyful or happy. However, it will leave you enlightened and encouraged to set your limitations and help you to realise that you shouldn’t try to do it all. Your family needs you to be a rock of stability and by taking it all on, you run the risk of doing too much.

Heed this mother and psychologist’s words and learn how you too can embrace the reality that doing too much is causing more harm than good.

Read Dr. Colleen Long’s intriguing open letter to exhausted parents by visiting the next page

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