We were not meant to be one adult + children 24/7. Our babies ourselves has a good literature review on this topic.
People were not meant to be sole care-takers for their kids, that’s why we have families and play-groups and all those other support structures. It really does take a village. Some parents have family members as part of their village, some friends, and some paid help. As long as the folks looking after are loving and caring and responsible, it’s all good.
If you’re a SAHP, do not isolate yourself. Get out and see adults. Join regular playgroups, parent-and-me classes. (Or whatever floats your boat.) Make sure you get adult-only time each week as well.
If you’re a WOHP, stop feeling guilty!!!! And stop telling people you should feel guilty. WOHP are legion and our kids are doing great. Kids are resilient and they get a lot out of spending time with different high quality care-takers.
That is all. (Another post that was started 4-5 years ago…)
ETA (h/t Bogart): Standard disclaimer: Differing constraints and preferences may apply. IOW, YMMV.