Absolutely not, all parents need a break and I'm certainly no different. My husband has been in medicine most of his life, and in that capacity has seen his share of child abuse cases. He told me that one thing most of the abusive parents have in common is that they do love their children, they seem bewildered that they were the ones to hurt them like that, and they just snapped. They didn't acknowledge or act on their personal limits, they didn't take that break when they needed to, and the child ended up being the one to suffer. With this in mind, I try to always be mindful of my mood and level of patience when I'm with my children, and make sure I take the time out I need in order to give them the patient, loving, even-tempered parent they need and deserve.