We can’t do everything for everyone and even if we did have seven arms it wouldn’t be enough. For everyone who is a parent, teacher or carer – you are doing an amazing job, you really are. Even if sometimes it may not feel like that to you.
For anyone who feels like they have to be octopus armed, we are only humans not magical super robots or an octopus. Be kind to yourself in terms of your expectations. Humour helps as does managing your boundaries – see Further reading below.
If we know others are struggling with juggling, we can ask how we can help or find a way to make their day a bit easier. We can be realistic in our requests of others, acknowledging what they are managing at the moment and reminding them that we can’t do everything for everyone.