Parenting can be stressful!
As a parent we make choices daily that will impact those closest to us. This applies to children of all ages. We never imagined the powerful impact that pregnancy, loss of sleep, weight gain, weight loss, illness, conflict with significant others, past hurts, or demands that come with being a “grown up” would have on us. We didn’t anticipate that our parenting style at times might be more emotionally reactive then thoughtfully responsive.
Parents face exhaustion, financial stress, loss of focus, anger, disappointment, frustration, confusion, and more. They might catch themselves wondering “what do I do now?” Let’s face it, parenting is stressful and scary if we think too far ahead and don’t learn to manage our fears or worries. There is room for enjoyment in parenting, especially when we learn to manage our own negative emotional states.
These tips are also helpful in promoting any relationship. These are only a few suggestions meant to offer hope and support. You may find that you are already doing some of these.
Tips for reducing stress and promoting positive relationships and connection —
- Forgive yourself.
- Validate that parenting is stressful, worrisome, and fear-inducing.
- Learn strategies for staying out of emotionally reactive responses.
- Change how you view behaviors.
- Do not try to do it alone.
- Take time for yourself.
- Forgive your child/children.