Counselling Frankston & Mornington Peninsula - Louise Goodwin - Counsellor

Saturday, 29 June 2013 16:08

Stress Management & Parenting

When we feel stressed we are less likely to be calm and consistent with our parenting strategies and communication. Sometimes, when we are stressed we are less tolerant of our children’s behaviour. In some cases it can get so bad that we are unable to praise or reward our children for good behaviour or follow up with consequences when needed, this is called ‘burn out’ therefore it is important to recognize the signs of stress.

  • Physical Signs of Stress
  • Feeling tense, stiff muscles
  • Headaches
  • Irritability or anger
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Tiredness
  • Problems concentrating
  • Feeling overwhelmed or unable to keep up with everything
  • Stomach upsets or diarrhea

How to reduce stress

  • Accept all reasonable offers of help
  • Sharing responsibility for household tasks and childcare if possible
  • Don’t take on too much, accept your limitations
  • Do at least one thing for you each day – half an hour can make a difference
  • When you feel physical signs of stress do something about it.

Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your family, and will help you to stay calm when managing difficult behaviour in your children.

If you are finding symptoms of stress are overwhelming, affecting your mood and interactions with others, your sleep and diet then maybe you need to speak to a counselor. Counselling provides you with a non-judgemental space to bring your worries, grief, anger, hurt and dilemna’s. Your GP may be able to assist you with a mental health plan to cover some of the cost of counseling