Stressed Mum = Stressed Kid
One thing that is easy to forget is just how easily your own emotions can have an impact on your children. Young toddlers especially will pick up on emotions that they can’t fully understand or process yet and will act out accordingly. Many parents don’t even know it, but their mood can have a significant effect on their toddler’s development which is why it is so important to understand and confront your own feelings on a regular basis.
An article that appeared on Fox News illustrates quite effectively just how much of an impact a mother’s emotional state can have on a child. It is therefore important to ensure that you talk to your partner or if you are a single parent, a close relative or friend about how you are feeling and coping. Being a Mum is one of the most wonderful things in the whole world, but it can also be one of the most terrifying and stressful at the same time. There is no shame in admitting that you are struggling to cope or that you’re feeling depressed. Believe it or not these are very common traits amongst parents, experienced and new.
One way to relieve the stress of parenting is to take a break once in a while. Don’t be afraid to take a holiday %u2013 if you can leave your toddler with a trusted relative or friend for a few days or a week then that’s great! Don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help, many more people then you realise will understand especially if they are close to you. Getting away even for a few days will give you the opportunity to recharge your batteries and come back refreshed and most likely happier. If you are worried about the thought of leaving your baby all alone, you need not fret. Take your mobile phone with you and make sure you have full access to the internet on it. If your service provider charges too much for data use abroad then it’s easy enough to find a better mobile roaming solution. You can change your sim just for when you’re away on holiday allowing you access to cheaper calls and internet usage. That way you can call home to check on your baby whenever you need to. Again, it’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about.
Your emotions are going to be all over the place when you’ve become a parent. It’s difficult to keep up with the changes but it’s perfectly normal. Don’t think you’re the only person in the world who’s going through this; you’re not and there are plenty of people available to help you, be it your partner, a relative, a friend or even a professional doctor or counsellor %u2013 sometimes it’s easier and less embarrassing to talk to a stranger about your problems then it is someone close to you.
Remember; don’t bottle your feelings up. Talk to people, listen to advice and above all, take care of yourself.
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