What makes some people embrace parenthood with seeming ease, while others teeter on the brink of collapse, stressed out and exhausted?

According to behaviour expert Rania Laing, it's all about your personality, and how well it aligns with the parenting approach you are taking.

"Raising healthy and happy children is the ultimate goal of all parents, and it’s understandably an emotive subject," says Rania, who offers one-on-one coaching and consultations on her website Your Neuro Coach.

"Knowing that our choices will impact our child’s precious future can make many of our parenting decisions feel high-risk and high-pressure, and we often find ourselves in situations where we don’t have a clue but have to make a decision anyway.

"When there is no right or wrong answer, an insight to your personality can be the key to helping you achieve peace of mind with your choices and avoid anxiety."

A useful way to understand personality is that it’s really just an indication of our preference, explains Rania.

"As we grow, our preferences can also change as we adapt to new situations, so these are not fixed.

"When we consider that we prefer to do the things we are good at, we can understand how to use our personality traits to our advantage.

"We can then spot where we are making decisions and behaviour that are on the opposite end of our spectrum, which cause us more stress."

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