Thursday, April 15, 2010

Parenting - Surviving the Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

Are you a stressed out parent? Has your daily "to-do" list gotten so long that it no longer fits on a single piece of paper? Or are you so busy that you don't even have time to make a to-do list? You're not alone.

Parents today are working longer hours and commuting longer distances to and from work. Their days don't slow down when they get home. Kids' after-school schedules can be jam packed with homework, sports and other activities, making life busy, and often stressful, for parents. Being a parent isn't easy. The additional stress of caring for children can, at times, make parents feel angry, anxious, or just plain "stressed-out". These tensions are a normal, inevitable part of family life.

Juggling all of the the demands of being a parent can be stressful but there are some simple and practical solutions to help lessen parental stress. Here are a few resources to help you learn how to recognize, understand, and cope with parental stress. These resources can get you started in helping you handle the stress that comes with being a parent so you can be the best parent you can be!

Child Development Institute
Understanding and coping with parent, family and child stress - Parents Under Stress - Stress Management Tools for Parents

Family Guide
SAMSHA guide for families

Family health; parenting and managing stress
Parenting advice and tips for all stages of raising a child, plus you can connect with other parents

Families On The Go Magazine
Interactive and informative family magazine for the Tampa Bay Area

Remember, you can always call 2-1-1 for more information on local organizations that can assist with parent and family support.