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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

Hey @CheerBear

So glad you had a good experience with Parentline Smiley Happy 

And I agree with @nashy that sense of having to juggle can be tricky and something lots of parents can relate to I think. Especially when it comes to the day to day routines. 

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

Smiley Happy @CheerBear @BelleParentline The day to day routines for sure can be jarring, it's most easy to become really hard on ourselves to throughout the process of recovery.

 

It is not uncommon amidst the presentation of our own mental health symptoms to feel overwhelmed by a sense of shame and guilt. Which is a good segway into question 2 Smiley Very Happy

 

What are some other emotions that can be the most confronting whilst balancing parenting and recovery?

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

@nashyConflicting and powerful emotions can certainly come up for us all. When they do, we can feel pretty destabilised. Once we can identify what we are feeling and why, we can process and move through them. Shame and guilt are significant emotions for so many parents, which can also tap into fear of judgement or stigma. Other significant emotions parents often describe is frustration or anger towards themselves, their situation, or for not ‘being better’. Some parents can feel they are the only ones struggling. While confronting and can take time to work through, these emotions are natural and you’re not alone in them.

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

@Shaz51 welcome Smiley Happy glad you could join

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

Definitely can be tricky with the day to day routines @BelleParentline and @nashy. Having kids in different stages of development throws a level of tricky in there also as they all seem to need such different things sometimes! Then add in different personalities etc and overwhelming is a good word to describe how it can feel!

As you mentioned Belle, that fear of judgement is a big one for me. I think that can be made more intense because of mental health challenges too. I have worried in the past that people will automatically assume I can't look after my kids because of my mental health.

Hey @Shaz51 🙂
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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

Hello @BelleParentline, @nashy, @CheerBear

even though my 4 step children are all adults now , and they are all different in their own way xx

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

@CheerBear@nashysuch a good point about the different developmental stages. They can bring with them whole new challenges emotionally!

Thanks for sharing about that fear of judgement too. That is a big one for lots of parents. I can be hard (but so important) to remember the strength it takes to manage being a parent in addition to managing your own mental health. It takes strength, not weakness Smiley Happy

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

Thanks for sharing Smiley Happy @Shaz51

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Parenting with mental health challenges // Tues 15th Jan, 7pm AEDT

Loving the insight Smiley Happy @BelleParentline 

 

Expanding on the last question…

 

How can we exercise compassion towards ourselves throughout the process of parenting and mental health recovery?

 

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