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4 Effective Ways To Manage Daily Parenting Stress

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4 Effective Ways To Manage Daily Parenting Stress


Between working, cooking, cleaning, managing schedules, and handling other responsibilities, parenting can quickly push you to your emotional edge. Almost every parent deals with different stress levels.

Studies have shown that parents who report higher stress levels end up being very authoritative, harsh, and adopt negative interactions with their children. Consequently, the little one’s mental health can become compromised. That’s why it is important to find ways to reduce parenting stress.

So, are your parenting duties beginning to get to you? Do you constantly feel like snapping? Here are some tips to help you reduce parenting stress. 


Get professional help


Understandably, parenting responsibilities can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re doing it all independently. So if you feel like you’re losing your healthy state of mind even after getting some rest, don’t hesitate to speak with a professional like a psychologist or licensed mental health professional. These professionals can be very helpful in providing effective strategies and coping mechanisms. Such professionals will also help you address the root of your problem or your stress triggers. They can also make extra resources available to help improve your child’s functioning and prevent or reduce trigger behaviors. 


Try shedding off some responsibilities


Putting too much on yourself will cause your body and mind to break down. So, take a second look at your daily schedule and see if there are some responsibilities you can shed or delegate to others. For instance, if you’re homeschooling your child and working at the same time, you can consider leaving the former duty to a home tutor or even enrolling your child in a school. This way, you can give yourself more time to attend to other things or rest. 

And, speaking of your child’s education, you can also take advantage of digital learning products or resources to make their studies less stressful. For example, Age of Learning digital education products can help enhance your child’s learning, improve their academic performance, and give you one less thing to stress over. 


Make time for yourself


When was the last time you had time for yourself?

Every parent deserves a break sometimes to do the things they love or to just rest. Taking time out for yourself away from any parenting duties does not make you a bad parent. On the contrary, it helps you to recover and, as a result, become an even better parent.  


Tap into your support systems


You cannot underestimate how important it is to tap into every form of support system you have. Start from your social support, from your parents to your siblings, including other members of your extended family. Find out if they can chip in a few hours of childcare assistance so you can catch up on some much-needed sleep. 


You can also reach out to other parents, clubs, or associations dedicated to assisting parents for assistance. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn from fellow mothers who may share similar parenting issues you have.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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32 thoughts on “4 Effective Ways To Manage Daily Parenting Stress”

  1. Such an important post and one every parent (or anyone, actually) should read! I especially agree with making time for yourself. It’s a must!!!

  2. Jennifer Prince

    Making time for yourself is really important! Only in combination with getting other things done, though, of course.

    1. Those are both fantastic tips. I love that you wrote about giving other responsibilities to the older ones and splitting up the more complicated test for the little ones can handle it too.

  3. Becoming a parent shares a lot of responsibilities but that does not mean your time for yourself should be gone. And having a support system is important.

    1. Making time for yourself is important for us and for our children. It helps us to give the best of ourselves and it helps us to teach our children the importance of self care.

  4. These are great tips! The pandemic has probably increased every parent’s daily stress level. But your advice will be invaluable to both mothers and fathers.

  5. I have found that self care is really important. Otherwise the stress does tend to build up. Taking some time and taking care of yourself makes such a difference.

  6. That question – “When was the last time you had time for yourself” hit me really hard. My answer? It has been years! The only “me time” I have is 5am to 6am when the house is quiet and everyone is still asleep. I really need to have time for myself, go to some places and just enjoy a date with my long lost self.

  7. I am so glad I am through with stress that go with parenting. It is just rewarding to see your kids do good in life because you nurtured and guided them to the right path.

  8. Making time for me and asking for help are two things I really need to work on! I know it’s important it’s just not something I’m used to doing! Going to need to make more of an effort!

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.