Life is hard. Just putting that out there. And as for parenting, it’s arguably one of the hardest journeys life has to offer. So, you know, pace yourself. Often rain turns to a downpour, and, sometimes, before you can fetch an umbrella, you’re flailing in an ocean of stress, obstacles, and struggles. It’s crazy, I know.
The suicide of beloved comedian Robin Williams, other than being a shock, is bringing renewed awareness to depression and its widespread effect on people all around us — our neighbors, co-workers, maybe spouses, children, some of us . . . Clinical depression is an illness that requires treatment. And it’s a relatable affliction because virtually everyone has experienced periodic symptoms of depression brought on by life’s hardships. I think that’s why most of us are so sympathetic to the nature of Robin Williams’ passing.
Clinical or not, you feel what you feel in the moment and it’s real. So very real.
Having small, impressionable, demanding lives to account for on top of life’s daily stress is an immense amount of constant pressure. Even in good times, parenting can take its toll. So, below are simple yet helpful motivational picks from the “tip jar.” This is not intended to treat depression, but rather to inspire us parents through stressful times. If you suspect someone is unwell, please consult a medical and/or behavioral health professional. And if you’re in a good place right now, but you know a parent who would appreciate a little encouragement, perhaps sharing these could make a difference. You just never know. . . .
Remember, our kids are watching how we handle life’s little surprises and the daily ebb and flow of stress. What better way to teach them effective coping skills than by our example?
If you have any more you’d like to add, feel free to share them!