It seems like parents these days are expected to do more than ever.
As if looking after a baby wasn't difficult enough, they are also told they need to keep their careers on track, exercise, eat right, make time for friends ... the list seems endless.
While we try our best to juggle parenting with everything else, the truth is everyone has days when it's a struggle.
One of the biggest challenges faced by many new parents is working out how to avoid conflicts between their life goals and the demands of raising a child.
Part of the problem is that both parenting goals and life goals tend to have long-term aims, which require day-in and day-out effort.
Inevitably, finding the necessary motivation can be difficult.
According to new research from Curtin University, the key to staying motivated is setting goals that align with how you see yourself and the things you find personally important or enjoyable.
Lead study author Professor Nikos Ntoumanis says it might seem logical, but people make goals for all sorts of reasons.
One person might want to advance their career because they genuinely enjoy the work, while another person might be in it just for the pay.
The research shows that those people tend to put in more effort and persist for longer if they choose goals that they are personally invested in, rather than goals that are driven by rewards or pressure from other people.
It's also about flexibility, especially when it comes to parenting.
And we have to be truly realistic with ourselves, too.
It's really important to recognise and accept when we just don't have the time or energy.
Remember, we can always come back to a goal later or find something else we want to achieve.
Holding on to a goal likely to fail can be harmful for a person's psychological health and could contribute to things like parental burnout.
Raising a child is absolutely one of life's most rewarding experiences, however the increasing number of demands placed on modern parents can certainly seem overwhelming.
Now, more than ever, it is important to take time to reflect on what you really want in life, why you want it, and how you could realistically achieve it.
To find out more about the research, visit www.thestarproject.net.
Dr Hugh Riddell, Curtin University