once heard the definition of stress as: anything we perceive to be out of our
control. Parents today feel out of control; of their child’s schedule and
grades, family finances, work demands or lay-offs, and household needs. Parenting is a
stressful task, not for the weak-hearted. Comedian Martin Mull quipped,
“Parenting is like having a bowling alley in your head.”
You can be an anchor of calm and hope in the home. Relate these words of Albert Einstein to parenting; “Not everything that counts can be counted. And not everything that can be counted – counts.” Perhaps the reminder can prompt you to relax and stop fretting about every issue in your kids' lives or over responding to a problem.
Here are some of my stress-less reminders:
· All kids can and do misbehave.
· There are no perfect kids.
· Only God is the perfect parent.
Whew, we're off the hook.
· Physical affection is therapeutic; give and receive cuddles and hugs.
· See humor (somewhere) in the situation.
Parenting is too serious of a job to be taken seriously all the time.
· Take a break; exercise, listen to soothing music, read a chapter in a fave book, enjoy a cuppa joe and
listen to an encouraging podcast on The Parent's Plate radio show.
· Good parents practice self-care; eat right and sleep when the kids do - or when they're outta the house.