Whether you are the mother of a newborn or the father of a chronically ill child, sometimes taking care of the fragile little people you love can be draining, Dr. Robin says. Instead of trying to do it alone, Dr. Robin says you should reach out and let someone help you when you are overwhelmed by caring for a sick child or a fussy baby.
Recognizing when you need help and then asking for help and accepting it is an important part of good parenting, Dr. Robin says. "You've got to be able to tell the truth—you have to be able to admit that it's not a weakness to ask for help," she says. "That is what strong, healthy entitled people do."
"Our families should not be the place where we are most wounded, where we feel really like we are a loser and not enough," Dr. Robin says. "[Give] your kids a foundation, so when the world tries to tell them that they are not enough, they will have a true, real structure internally in them that will be able to combat every lie that the world will give them."