Saturday, November 17

Parent Tip

Stress-free Parenting

It isn’t possible to be a totally stress-free parent.  The job is too tough for that!  But you can reduce your stress by following a few simple suggestions:

 

  • Take time out each day to do something for yourself. Exercise, stretching, listening to soothing music, reading or meditation will reduce stress.
  • Accept that children sometimes make mistakes, are inconsistent and act thoughtlessly. This is part of being a child.
  • Ease tension with a human touch — share a hug, hold hands or give a pat on the back.
  • Listen to your children and show you value your conversations with them. Good communication can prevent conflict and stress.
  • Schedule in family fun and fitness. Laughter and physical activity are great stress reducers.
  • Spend time with friends talking about your parenting concerns. Also share your reflections on the joys of parenting.
  • Learn how children mature so your expectations for each child’s behavior are realistic.
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Arrange for some outside help.
  • Keep your sense of humor when things don’t go as planned.
  • Do something nice for yourself. You deserve it!

 

© 2002 The Positive Line #79930 Rev. 11/04 Item # FCJ-22

 

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