Let's face it, raising children is a hard job. It's wonderful, fulfilling and life affirming, but it's also hard. For some that's a dirty little secret. For me, not so much.
In truth, all parents need support. That's why the ancient adage, "It takes a village to raise a child," has stuck over the years. Far from indicating failure, asking for help is actually a sign of courage and strength.
In a recent meditation class, a parent brought up how he was undergoing a great deal of external stress, finding it hard to support the busy and challenging level of activities of his teenager.