Thursday, July 18, 2019

How To Stay Positive When Parenting Gets Tough

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Parenting has to be the toughest job there is. Being a parent is a job that is constantly changing, one
that you get no training for and comes with a huge amount of stress. On the flipside, parenting is also
the most rewarding job ever, but that doesn’t make it any less challenging.

Being a parent is a journey, and some parts of the journey are a lot smoother than others. While the
newborn stage is often full of sleep deprivation and new parent anxiety, the toddler stage brings its
own battles too. Then, when you think you have got the hang of this parenting thing, along come the
teenage years!

Whichever stage you are at in your parenting journey, you will likely face some arguments along the
way. Sometimes those arguments can escalate, and leave you feeling uncertain about navigating this
challenging time as a parent. 

When family life gets stressful, it can take its toll on every single area of your life. Relationships with
friends and extended family can become strained, and it can put a strain on life with your partner.
When times are tough, it can be hard to stay positive through this challenging stage, here are some
tips which should help:

Talk About It

Often situations in families can spiral out of control because no one is talking about the issues that
they have, which causes resentment to build. Talking with your family may feel like an impossible task
when tensions are running high. However, making it clear you are open to communication and ready
to listen may help to simmer down some of the issues. Likewise, not bottling up how you feel may help
you to feel more positive too.

Get Professional Help

Sometimes getting an outside perspective is necessary to untangle the problems that you and your
family are facing. Seeking out a professional for some family counseling can help. They will have
experience of helping other families and should be able to help you find ways to work through your

Taking a proactive approach to the situation should help you to feel more positive about what you are
going through.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a powerful tool that has grown increasingly popular and extended into western society
in a big way. As well as being incredibly useful in everyday life, mindfulness is beneficial in times of

Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment and letting your thoughts come and go.
Practicing mindfulness is about observing your thoughts rather than passing judgment on them,
and getting caught up in unhelpful thought patterns.

Take Some Me Time

Whether you are battling with a headstrong toddler or have a teenager that refuses to do anything you
tell them to, there comes a time when everyone needs a little break. Make sure you get some time
just for yourself to have fun and relax. Try to have something to look forward to planned, like a date
night or lunch with your girlfriends.

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