"Remaining sensitive and empathic when faced with a crying, inconsolable infant can be very hard for many parents. It calls for a lot of awareness and a lot of patience. This doesn't typically come easily or naturally -- especially if you weren't raised that way. At times, you may find it difficult to be emotionally responsive, especially when you are feeling exhausted or are experiencing a lot of stress in other areas of your life... Even the best of parents can become dangerously overwhelmed without support and rest."
What do you do when you are overwhelmed, stressed or unable to respond empathically in the moment?