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Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Over 70% of U.S. moms say mothering is “incredibly stressful.” Studies also show that chronically stressed moms tend to be more insensitive to their kids’ needs, and that a mother’s ability to manage her own stress is a strong predictor of her kids happiness.
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Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Over 70% of U.S. moms say mothering is “incredibly stressful.” Studies also show that chronically stressed moms tend to be more insensitive to their kids’ needs, and that a mother’s ability to manage her own stress is a strong predictor of the quality of her relationship with her children and how happy her children are.
So now we can be stressed about how our stress might be harming our kids!Despite the widely held belief that self-care is important, most mothers express guilt over taking time for themselves, or even consider it indulgent. Or they simply can’t fit it in between meeting everyone else’s needs. But caring for ourselves not only improves our capacity to be more attuned to our families, it models an important message to our kids: You are important and deserving. Be good to yourself. Our kids learn these things from us, and what better way to teach them than to model it for them?
Here are 5 ways to model the importance of taking care of ourselves:
Take care of yourself! And feel free to call us at Parents Place if you would like a little help balancing everything that it takes to be a parent today.
Alyse Clayman, LCSW, is the Children’s Clinical Director at Parents Place in San Rafael, CA. She provides consultation and therapy to families and children of all ages. To reach her for an individual consultation. please email AlyseC@jfcs.org. www.parentsplaceonline.org
Parents Place is the Bay Area's leading family resource center. From everyday issues to challenges requiring specialized assessment and intervention, Parents Place helps parents, caregivers, and educators support children at all ages. Parents Place professionals offer parenting workshops, parent coaching and consultation, child behavior and school support, clinical and special needs services, parent/child activity groups, and child and family therapy. Join the Parents Place community online or in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Parents Place is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services and serves families of all faiths. For more information, visit www.parentsplaceonline.com.
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