(MOBILE, Ala.) - With work, family and the economy many parents are finding themselves at their breaking point and it’s making them sick, physically and mentally. Now-a-days, parents are expected to do it all. Well, experts say that’s an unrealistic expectation.
By day, Amy Boles is an art teacher, helping shape young minds. When the bell rings her second full time job begins, that of mother and wife.
"It's difficult trying to schedule after school activities, getting myself to work on time, just all sorts of things," said Amy Boles.
With more women in the workforce than ever, more moms are finding themselves stressed out. We feel we have to be perfect employees and perfect moms.
"We are not supposed to be super moms and balance is the key word. Sometimes that means saying no to things," said counselor Linda Colclough.
Counselor Linda Colclough says what we’re doing is setting ourselves up for mental, emotional and physical problems, "and spiritually. One of the main things to do every morning is take that time to center yourself. If it's prayer or reading or whatever, center yourself," said Colclough.
Amy Boles says she knows her limits. She makes sure she carves out time for herself. When she gets too overwhelmed, "that’s when you just have to call on friends. It's always great to have a support system. Call friends when you need help, it’s great to have a support system," said Amy Boles.
Counselors say when the mother gets stressed, the family gets stressed.
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