Carlos was just four months old when his mother called the Parenting HelpLine. His mom was working more than 40 hours a week despite her postpartum depression, and his dad was working well into the evening hours. Carlos was a colicky baby and would sometimes cry for hours on end. His mom was feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and barely able to cope with the demands on her life. She started having thoughts of hurting her baby and those feelings scared her. She felt ashamed because she loved her son and wanted to be a good mother. That’s when she called our Family StressLine. The Family Tree-trained counselor listened, offered support, and reassured her there were positive steps she could take. She also recommended Mom join a local Parents Anonymous® Group so that she could talk to other parents going through similar situations, and feel less alone. At the end of the call, Carlos’ mom sounded calm and she agreed to a safety contract.
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The classes taught me how to handle things for both my kids and myself. I really began to improve as a mother. It helped me see the good and the love, no matter how hard things were.