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By the nature of it, parenting can set you up to burn out. It’s the only job which requires your attention 24/7 all year round. Clinical psychologist Robin F. Goodman, PhD, says it’s often trying so hard to be a good parent that can set a parent up for burnout. Setting a high standard for the kind of parent you want to be and not being able to meet that standard adds pressure.

“Burnout can also be related to feeling a lack of control in the job, being under appreciated, or not being rewarded,” says Dr. Goodman. Other jobs offer rewards and incentives to employees to let them know that they’re doing a good job, but parenting is expected to be its own reward. The lack of immediacy of that reward can make it tough.

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