How to not stress parenting
Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Parenting is hard. It's also rewarding, special, and fun as hell. But it's hard! We want our kids to be happy and healthy, but we also want them to do well in school, get along with their friends, and love us unconditionally so that they'll never leave us! Parenting is stressful—but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips on how not to stress out while parenting your little ones:
Ask for help
Seek out help from family and friends. If you have a spouse, partner or friends who are willing to pitch in with your child care, you could try asking them to take turns watching your child so that one of you has some time for yourself.
Find a support group or membership organization such as Parents Without Partners (PWP) or Single Parent Action Network (SPAN). These organizations offer support groups for single parents where they can meet other people in similar situations and share advice on how to deal with issues related to being a single parent. These organizations are also helpful because they provide valuable resources such as childcare referrals, job fairs and career counseling services which may not be available through local government agencies like the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).
Find a parenting coach or therapist who specializes in working with parents of young children who've experienced trauma during childhood such as abuse or neglect so that they can help these parents develop coping mechanisms that will allow them raise healthier families going forward into adulthood than those who never received this kind of assistance during their formative years."
Don't do it all
Don't do it all alone. This is a fact that applies to parenting, as well as almost every other aspect of life. You can't do everything on your own, and that's okay. In fact, you shouldn't try to. Asking for help from family members, friends and other people in your life who are willing to lend a hand is a great way to lighten the load and give yourself some much-needed time off.
Don't feel bad about not being able to do it all (and knowing how much you actually can). We're living in an age when experts are telling us we should be doing more than ever before—working longer hours with less downtime in between tasks; multitasking several times over during any given day; trying our hardest not only juggle everything at once but also master each thing we set out to accomplish without fail (or else!). The reality is this: We're human beings, not superheroes! Trying our best doesn't always mean success...and if something isn't working out as planned? That's okay too!
Don't feel bad about not being able to do it all.
As a parent, you can't do it all. You don't have to do it all. You don't need to be perfect, and you don't have to be the best parent in the world or ever (though if that's your goal, more power to you). Just be the best parent who can also find time for yourself when needed.
Some of my favorite moments with my son are those where I'm literally sitting on the couch next to him watching TV or playing video games—he has his hand on mine and sometimes even puts his head on my shoulder as we watch something together—and I know he needs me there but I also need some space so I get off the couch after an episode or two and then come back later. The moments where we're actively engaging with each other are wonderful but they're not all there is; just like I need downtime away from work during the day so that when I go back in later at night, refreshed, my productivity goes through the roof without fail.
Talk to a professional who can help you with tips and tools for your individual situation.
Talking to a professional who can help you with tips and tools for your individual situation is also an important part of being stress-free. For example, if your child is struggling with anxiety, you may want to find out how best to help them cope with their feelings and reduce the frequency of episodes. If your child has ADHD or dyslexia, there are ways to work together as a family so they feel supported while meeting their needs. A psychologist or other mental health professional can help guide you through these decisions and give recommendations on how best to manage these issues in the future.
Keep in mind that this isn't forever.
This is a stage that you will get through. It's not forever, it's just a phase. This is just a season, and it will pass. It's just a stage, you'll be out of it soon enough (and then you can look back at this time with fondness).
It doesn't matter how old your child is in terms of years—it could be months or even days—it’s still important to remember that they are probably only going through this behavior for the moment and not forever.
You'll find that children go through many different stages as they grow up; sometimes they seem like they're never going to grow out of them! As each stage passes by though, things do eventually get better and easier on everyone involved: parents included!
Not stressing about parenting does not mean that you don't care, it means that you're taking care of yourself in order to take care of little ones.
It is important to take care of yourself as a parent. It's not that you don't care about your children, it's that you need to in order to be able to be there for them when they need you.
It can be very stressful being a parent, and it's ok if at times you need help or have to take time out from parenting so that you can recover from the stress of caring for little ones.
If we keep these things in mind, it can really help us to avoid stress. And remember be sure to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your children!
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