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Tips To Help You Cope When Parenting Feels Impossible

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Being a parent is wonderful, but it’s also incredibly challenging. If you have periods when you feel like parenting is an impossible task, here are some tips to help you cope.

Take time out

Looking after kids is emotionally and physically draining, and most parents will reach a point where they need to take time out. Try to ensure that you have time to yourself each week to prevent you from experiencing burnout or getting to a stage when you feel like you’re running on empty or stress is getting the better of you. Simple things like going for a walk every day, going to a weekly exercise or art class, or having an evening off every few weeks to meet up with friends can make all the difference. We all need a rest from time to time and you shouldn’t feel guilty if you crave some alone time or a break from parenting. 

Understand that nobody is perfect

It may seem as though there are parents out there who have everything in order, but every parent goes through patches where they feel like they’re failing. It is perfectly natural to have days, weeks or even months when it seems as though you can’t do anything right. If you speak to other parents, you’ll probably find that they feel exactly the same. Try not to compare yourself to others or get fixated on perceptions of parenting or rose-tinted versions of family life you see on social media. Focus on your family and understand that nobody is perfect. 

Make use of resources and ask for advice

Technology has changed the way we live and work, and to an extent, it’s also caused the way we bring up our kids to evolve. Today, technology is an integral part of our lives and it can have incredible benefits for children and adults. If you’re struggling, make use of resources, such as teaching and learning activities, and check out forums, social media groups and recommendations for the best parenting podcast. Talk to other parents and seek advice if you’re finding it tough to engage with your kids or you need help with supporting children with additional needs. Don’t be afraid to reach out to family members, friends, teachers, health experts or counselors if you need an extra pair of hands, somebody to talk to or professional advice. 

Communicate with your children

One of the most important steps to take when parenting gets tough is to communicate with your child. Talk openly, listen to what they have to say and try to address any issues that could be influencing their behavior or their mental health or wellbeing. If your child seems down or they are quieter than usual, for example, try to encourage them to talk to you, offer reassurance and let them know that you are there to listen if they’re not ready to open up at that moment. 

Every parent experiences moments when they feel like they have taken on an impossible job. If you’re finding life tough at the moment, don’t despair or panic. Take time out, seek advice, ask for help and communicate with your child. 

Heather Brummett

I am Heather Brummett . I'm just a real mom, sharing my real life experiences with the world. Thank you for being a part of my world. Here you will find recipes, crafts, fun ideas for the kids, how to work at home, encouragement, inspiration, and the latest news in and around Houston. To be featured or for information on freelance work contact me at [email protected]

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