Toxic positivity in parenting ‘does not foster resilience, but creates shame’

Is Hurricane Season Still Going? You Bet.

The waters across the Atlantic Ocean have been mostly calm. There hasn’t been widespread panic to buy plywood, sandbags or generators in weeks. The National Hurricane Center’s Twitter account hasn’t shared an active-storm message for the Atlantic since Oct. 9, and there have been no warnings or threats along the Gulf Coast and East Coast since.

Hurricanes are also becoming wetter because of more water vapor in the warmer atmosphere; scientists have suggested storms like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 produced far more rain than they would have without the human effects on climate.

Is hurricane season fizzling out early?

“Nope. We’re not done yet,” Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said Thursday, adding that hurricane season doesn’t officially end until Nov. 30.

In May, scientists predicted an “above normal” Atlantic hurricane season, with 13 to 20 named storms. The National Weather Service later updated that forecast to 15 to 21 storms, including seven to 10 hurricanes. That followed the record-setting 2020 season, when there were 30 named storms, including 13 hurricanes…READ ON

Toxic positivity in parenting ‘does not foster resilience, but creates shame’

As a parent it’s normal to feel like something is wrong when you experience anything other than pure joy while parenting.

It is even more challenging during the pandemic as some new moms and dads navigate parenthood alone, without the support of their extended families.

“Toxic positivity essentially invalidates our right to feel anything other than happiness and joy.”

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Finding support during these moments is critical, but what happens when those around you overlook your concerns and enforce a cheerful approach to every challenge?

While it can be good to stay optimistic about the future, at times one just needs an ear and a shoulder. When your venting is rebuffed and friends and family insist that you stay positive in the face of overwhelming issues, it can be even harder to cope…READ ON

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