Effect of Parenting Stress
Parenting is one of the few things that directly cause chronic stress. This should not be the case, though.
Raising a child requires more patience than any other activity. However, this should not be a source of chronic
stress. Parents must see this as a challenge instead.
Stress happens when a person starts doubting his ability to surpass a seeming irresolvable conflict. It is both
mental and physical condition. When a person is trapped between knowing that he must surpass a situation and yet he
cannot do it, stress happens. There are situations that one cannot really do anything about, therefore, there is no
other way but let it go. There is no point in insisting to resolve a particular concern if it can just solve by
itself overtime. It is important to focus on the "must". Prioritizing is very much essential in parenting.
The problem with most parents is that they tend to focus on the not so important concerns, which only drains
them. As a parent, you have to understand what concerns should be given focus and priority on so that you will not
become overwhelmed by too many worries, which only leads to ineffective parenting.
Understand that certain goals are not, in real essence, doable or possible to achieve. Try to stick to realistic
goals first. Parents often desire all the best things for their children to the point that they go beyond reality.
Perhaps each goal can be attainable. But, it could take time before each one materializes.
Education is important to a child’s mental development and overall well-being. Because of this, parents desire
to send their children to good schools. Education is vital, but it need not be expensive. The belief that good
schools make good and successful children gives more pressure to parents. They work hard to be able to send their
children to good schools; not being able to do so makes them feel like failures. This should not be the case. The
success of any child is not determined by the school he was enrolled in. Do not hassle yourself by relocating just
to be able to enroll your child to what you think is a good school. No school can teach the discipline a successful
Making decisions such as where to send your children to school should not stress you. You still have other
important things to attend to. You must not let taking choices seriously lead to feelings of guilt, worry,
helplessness or irritability as these are all signs of stress. It is not wrong to regard any goal as very important
for as long as you do not blame yourself for not having the needed resources to achieve them. If you just pursue
and persevere, in time you will find them just within your reach.
Planning for your child’s college education should not worry nor pressure you so much as there are financial
aids available. As early as now, when your child is still young, it is advisable if you start looking at college
scholarships. Encourage your child to make good in his study so he can get easy scholarship assistance.
Another concern that parents encounter in parenting is when the child becomes impossible to manage. There are
children who simply resist rules and instructions. This is one of the many things that have no quick fixes. But it
won’t help either if you start becoming stressed. You just have to keep the right attitude and maintain positive
thinking. This way, you won’t have to deal with unnecessary stress.
If after several attempts and you still can’t find an effective way to deal with your disobedient child, there
are several help available for you. You can actually seek help from a friend, your parents or professional
counselors. Help can also be found in some reliable Internet websites. You will find out that you are not
Stress often happens when you acknowledge your incapacity to solve a problem you must solve. Although tossing
away this notion won’t throw your problems away, it would at least keep you away from stress.