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The following resources should help you create a healthy and nurturing family dynamic so all family members experience the family unit as more of a safe haven from stress than a major source of it.

Coping Skills for Parents and Kids
Coping with a major change, stressor or crisis can be very taxing for adults; for kids, such things can be overwhelming. Here are some ways that parents can help children develop coping skills and, in doing so, develop better coping skills for themselves.

Learning How To Delegate Tasks
Because todayÂ’s moms are wearing so many hats, learning how to delegate tasks is a must. That doesnÂ’t mean it comes easily. Find help and make life manageable with these tips on learning how to delegate tasks!

How To Reduce The Stress of Traveling With Kids
Whether you’re trying to coax an antsy toddler to stay sitting (and quiet!) or answering the endlessly asked question, ‘How much longer now?’, travel with kids can be stressful! The following tips can help you reduce the stress of travel when you have children in tow.

How To Relieve Parenting Stress With Parent Education and Self Help
One of the great benefits of motherhood is the personal growth that comes with it. While there are many life lessons to be learned through the process of raising kids, mothers who educate themselves on the particulars of motherhood are at an advantage. The following are some ways parents can educate themselves on parenting.

Parents and Stress: Stress Relievers You Can Do With Your Children
As any parent will tell you, even the best children can create stress for their parents at times. While lifestyle factors play a role, and self care strategies are important, it's also essential to have some stress relievers up your sleeve that can be done with your children, so you can both relieve stress at the same time. The following are...

Do children need help with stress management?
We all want the best for our children. Normally, parents work hard to help their children learn what they need to know about math, english, science and other important topics in school. However, we don't always remember to teach them life skills like stress management. Do children need stress management training? If so, what should parents...

Raising Optimistic Children: How To Instill Optimism In Your Children
Teaching children optimistic thinking patterns can set them up for a happier life. Optimists experience better health, increased longevity, more success in life, and less stress, among other benefits. Fortunately, though many personality traits are inborn, you can influence your child's tendency toward optimism or pessimism. Here are ten tips...

Play Time for Healthy Child Development
As schedules become intense, parenting becomes more competitive and educational standards become higher, time for unstructured play is being replaced more and more by focused academic and extracurricular activities. In response, the AAP has issued a report detailing the importance of playtime for healthy child development, resilience and stress management.

Children’s Temperament Styles
A person’s temperament—inborn personality traits that affect how they respond to their environment—affects their behavior from infancy on. Learn about the different distinguishing features of temperament, how these traits affect a child’s behavior, and how to effectively deal with a child who has a more difficult mix of personality traits.

3 Steps to Improve Your Child’s Behavior
There are more- and less-effective strategies for disciplining a child with rewards and punishments. About’s guide to parenting K-6 children, Kimberly L. Keith, has some great discipline suggestions as well as an overview of what needs to be in place for these strategies to work.

Control Your Reactions
Your child may push your buttons, but giving big reactions to bad behavior may send the wrong message. Showing that you can control your feelings and avoid meltdowns yourself models appropriate behavior for your kids, and leaves you feeling better, too. Terri Mauro, About’s guide to parenting special needs children has some excellent advice for all parents.

Using Consequences Effectively
Here’s a great article explaining the effective use of consequences—rewards and punishments—to help children change their behavior, by Kimberly L. Keith, About’s guide to parenting K-6 children.

Keep a Bag of Tricks
We all have times we wish we had a magic wand to make our children behave: car rides, waits in the doctor’s office, or any time boredom might arise. While there’s no wand, here’s a bag of tricks that might work just as well to keep kids amused and distracted so behavior doesn’t become problematic.

Stress Management For Children
According to the American Psychological Association, stress is one of the top challenges that children face. Do your kids have a collection of coping techniques at their disposal that will enable them to manage stress throughout their lives? Here are some proven strategies that work--see what works for your family!

How To Talk To Kids About Stress
Kids face stress from many areas of life—school, friends, busy schedules, physical and emotional development—and they rely on the adults in their lives to help them learn to manage it. The following are some ways in which you can open the lines of communication so you can actively help your kids with stress management.

The Roots Of Optimism
This article discusses the origin and effects of optimism, a trait that allows people to stay healthier and lead happier lives. Learn the hallmarks of optimistic thinking, and teach them to your children!

Family Stress and Harsh Discipline
Here’s an informative summary of some research that examines how stress and other factors impact the harshness of parental discipline. Included are explanations of why some parents are more reactive and harsh, and some recommendations on how to help parents who use excessively harsh discipline.

Dysfunctional Families: What Exactly Does That Mean?
Here’s a very informative resource that explains family dysfunction in relation to family stress. All families experience stress, and this resource can help you recognize if your issues are healthy, or characteristic of unhealthy dynamics, and can supply better methods of dealing with family problems so that all family members feel valued, accepted and safe.

Anger Tools For Families
This article discusses the origins of anger and its effects within families, as well as the role stress plays in the expression of anger. Useful tips are included to help you cope more effectively with anger and have healthier relationships as a result.

Parenting Stress And A Child’s Ability To Functionally Communicate
Could your stress be affecting your child’s development? Here’s a summary and full text of research designed to see if there’s a link between stressed-out parents and children who have communication problems.

Stress Relief for Kids
Stress is no longer just a problem for busy adults; children now need stress relief more than ever! Here are some strategies to promote stress relief for kids, and simple ways to implement them that can bring stress relief for the entire family.

Scientific Research vs. Trusted Advice of Parenting Experts
Doesn’t it seem like the ‘experts’ contradict each other? Learn what advice is backed up by research and what is merely the opinion of the advice-giver, so you can reduce the stress of wondering who to believe. This article discusses the advice of parenting gurus Banjamin Spock, John Rosemond, James Dobson, T. Berry Brazelton and Panelope Leach.

Emotion Coaching and Children
This study shows that a technique called ‘emotion coaching’ can help children become less aggressive, depressed and withdrawn, even in families where there is domestic violence! Reduce stress in yourself and your child, and learn more about emotion coaching and its effects.

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