Being a parent comes with its joys and frustrations. Parenting is not an easy job!
Parents feel the need to perfectly balance everything in life, from parenting, work life, home life, etc. Below are some great points to help handle behaviours and frustrating situations.
SPEAK WITH OTHER PARENTS
Most of the time we forget that other parents go through some of the same behaviours we are experiencing ourselves! Having someone to talk through and get advice from is very helpful! It allows us to realize we are not alone!
Some children respond well with a schedule and need the day to run a certain way. This allows children to know what is next and what your expectation is! For younger children having a visual schedule with pictures with a fantastic idea! Some parents use a Velcro strip and allow children to take down the picture once that task is complete. It clearly outlines expectations in a fun way!
Many cities/towns offer mommy/daddy groups. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new families with children of the same age group. It allows children and parents to make new friends. Being able to speak with other parents helps relieve stress and in many cases getting out of the house can help mothers suffering from post partum depression.
TIME FOR YOURSELF
This is the most important step! You can not take care of others if you do not take care of yourself! This will relieve stress and make you feel good about yourself. DO NOT FEEL GUILTY! You are entitled to a few moments to yourself. This can be as simple as putting a movie for your children while you sit back and read a book, or a bubble bath, working out, going shopping etc.
Dealing with parent frustrations and behaviours is normal, it is a part of parenting. Try these tips and always remember you are not alone.