Moms Are Tired, and Self-Care Alone Won’t Fix It

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Moms Are Tired, and Self-Care Alone Won’t Fix It

It’s early in the morning and my older toddler comes running into our bedroom, brown curls bouncing up and down, a big grin on her face. She throws herself at the bed and climbs on top of me, sometimes with a cache of toys, stuffed animals, or dolls. She happily exclaims, “Sun’s up, mommy! Sun’s up!” It’s a typical morning and my toddlers—I have a one-year-old and an almost-three-year-old—are awake and chattering at dawn. I wish I could share in her early morning joy. But I am one tired mom; and not in the I-stayed-up-too-late sense of the term. I am simply burnt out, as many other tired moms are, and it’s starting to show.

Rubbing my eyes and trying to sit up, I give her my best smile and agree, “Yes, the sun’s up alright.” I wrap her in a big, sleepy

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