Most parents struggle with how to reduce their family stress and it is
important to focus on doing so. Family stress is a major cause of marital
problems and parenting problems.
Think about the list of
activities that you and your children are involved in. Why are they involved in
each activity? Is it because they have a passion for it or is it because they
needed to have a more rounded activity schedule? Let your child choose a few
activities that they feel drawn to
A certain amount of family stress is inevitable. It is how a family handles and
copes with stress that makes a difference. Families can successfully develop
effective coping skills for handling family stress.|
Busy family lifestyles lead to
stressed out families. Stressed out families can often lead to more problems and
issues. Learning to deal with family stress before the stress becomes a huge
problem is a good idea. If you already have problems, then learning to deal
with the issues that are causing you stress is essential in helping you to
overcome these difficulties.
One of the largest contributors to stress is over commitment. Families are
pulled in multiple directions by varying activities. The more children there are
the more activities there are, the more refined the balancing act becomes.
Let them explore their
passions, but don't sign them up for every activity there is. Teach them to pick
and choose their priorities when choosing activities. Doing one thing and doing
it well is different from doing several things that there isnít a passion for.
The same that applies for your children and their activities should apply to
yours as well. Learn to say no. If you are already committed to several
activities and are stressed for time, do you really need to participate in one
more activity? Learning to say no and to weed through the activities you already
do will help cut down on your stress.
A less stressed parent makes a less stressed child. Our moods and behaviors are
often reflected in our children. Leading by example is a wonderful motto to live
by. Our children see how we
deal with stress and emulate it. Wading
through our activities and learning to say no are only two activities. Another
one would be to learn to slow down and enjoy family time.
When is the last time you had a sit down meal with everyone gathered around the
table? A meal where there was no rush to get somewhere or to go and pick someone
up. Having a meal together is a family bonding time. It is an excellent
opportunity for children and parents to be together. They can discuss what is on
their minds, what goals they have or even what is bothering them, to cause
stress. Just this simple act of sitting down and sharing a meal can lower stress
in a family.
Have a family movie or game night. These are activities that everyone can enjoy
together. Have the children and parents take turns picking out movies or games
to play. There may be old family favorites or you may find new ones
that become your family's games.
Whatever you choose, do it together. The more a family shares, at meals, movies
or over games, the closer they become. A closer a family is the more they are
inclined to talk and discuss things. This is a great combat against family
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