Dear Dr. Laura,
I am Mom to 2 kids, ages 6 and 1, and my children are my joy and my delight. Since just before my first child was born, I have stayed at home to raise them. Although it is very financially challenging, I cannot imagine anyone other than me or my husband raising our children. I consider myself very blessed to have and to know my wonderful kids.
With that said, I also experience times of feeling overwhelmed. For me, I've found that I am most overwhelmed whenever I am not experiencing a good relationship and connection with my husband. I've found it odd that, even when the particular stressors of an overwhelming day with my children do not appear to be much different from a not-so overwhelming day with them, I experience feelings of being overwhelmed. What I have noticed as the main difference between these 2 types of days is the days I feel extremely overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted are times when my husband and I are either in a tiff or somehow not connected. I think I feel overwhelmed as a mom because I do not feel supported by my husband and, instead, I feel alone and 'separated' from him during those overwhelming times.
Thank you, Dr. Laura, for your support of stay-at-home parents, for sharing your keen insight, and for promoting the principle of doing the right thing.