One of the most repressive parts of a culture centered around toxic positivity (hiding real feelings behind buzzy sayings that make others feel comfortable), is how it causes people to feel shameful about honestly expressing complex experiences.
The pressure to focus on the positive and spin straw into gold is particularly prevalent when it comes to the world of parenting, where women are often villainized if they don't couch feelings of exhaustion in assurances that they love being a mom.
But what about the women who love their kids, but don't love being a mom?! Are they supposed to grin and lie for the sake of other people's comfort?
AITA for saying I regret having children?
I have three children, 4, 2, 8 months.
Their father left when I was pregnant with the youngest.
OP clarified that she loves her children deeply, but working long hours and mustering the emotional energy to raise them has left her feeling like a drained husk.