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Stress Management Tools For Parents

These resources should help you handle the inevitable stress that comes with being a parent, so you can be the best parent you can be!

Working Moms and Stress Relief
Working moms face a lot of stress, and that stress can contribute to a negative cycle of slowed productivity, feelings of guilt, and stress for the entire family. Here are some stress management tips for working moms that can help in all areas of life.

Deep Breathing Exercises for Kids
Deep breathing can help reduce stress in children as well as adults. Learn this simple deep breathing exercise that you can do with your kids for family stress relief.

Getting Organized – Tips on Getting Organized
Getting organized is more difficult than it initially sounds. The following tips for getting organized cover how organized to be, what areas carry the greatest benefits, and how to get started.

Time Management Tips for Moms
The following time management tips can be used by busy moms everywhere to take some of the stress out of life, and create more time for fun times with children, quality time with their partner, or even that coveted and nearly forgotten time alone!

How Can I Cope With the Stresses of Motherhood, Moving and More?
Motherhood can be beyond wonderful, but can also bring stressors in many areas of life. Read of one mother's struggle, and see what stress advice may really impact her stress levels, and the stress levels of mothers everywhere. Apply the advice to your own life, and see if you can help by providing stress advice and support as well.

Mother Care and Stress Relief
Mothers are so busy taking care of everyone else in the family, mothers often put themselves last on the list—or leave themselves off the list altogether! However, since the rest of the family relies heavily on moms, they need to take care of themselves, and accept help from others as well. The following are self care resources for mothers.

Relishing The Joy of Motherhood
It's a fact that motherhood is challenging and stressful, and can even contribute to higher rates of depression! Fortunately, the wonderful gifts of being a mom--the fun, the love and the joy of motherhood--can get you through the challenges. If you're stressed by motherhood (or even if you aren't), here are some helpful and fabulous things to...

How Parents Can Connnect As A Couple--And Stay Connected--After Kids
When a couple has kids, it's more challenging for parents to connect with one another. It's also immensely important to nurture the relationship and stay connected as parents and as a couple. These tips can help parents to connect and keep the relationshi--and family--going strong.

Mother Friends: How Mothers Can Use Friends To Relieve Stress
Motherhood can bring amazing rewards, as any mother will tell you. However, it can bring a good measure of stress as well, leaving many mothers exhausted and even at an increased risk of depression. One of a mother’s greatest resources is social support. Because of this, friends and other mothers can be a valuable resource. Learn how a...

Stress and Long Car Rides
Long car rides can be stressful in themselves, but long car rides with kids bring a special type of challenge. Learn how car ride games, stress management techniques, and other tools can help you reduce the stress of your next family trip.

Kid Stress and Happiness: How Kids In Your LIfe Can Impact Happiness and Stress
The role of children in your life can impact your happiness and stress level-for better or worse. Learn more about how kid stress can negatively impact your happiness, and how children can also enhance the level of happiness you experience in your life, and find resources for managing stress and dealing with special needs, infertility, and more.

Parents and Stress: Taking Care Of Yourself, Managing Stress and Staying Healthy
Coping with the demands of parenting isn't always easy. Parents today face a new set of challenges that come with busy schedules, balancing work with family, social isolation and other stresses that parents of earlier times didn't face. These challenges can lead to burnout and depression. Learn techniques on how to maintain social support, manage finances, and do other things to take care of yourself as a parent, so you can better care for your children.

Top Tension Reducing Activities
These tension reducing stress management techniques have been proven effective in helping people reduce stress, relax, and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Learn about meditation, yoga, self-hypnosis and other important stress management exercises, and feel more relaxed right away!

Creative Stress Management Activities and Multi-Tasking Stress Stress Relievers
You may know about popular stress management techniques. But did you know that there are some unconventional, productive and creative stress relievers you can work into your day? You may not think of them formally as stress management techniques, but these stress relievers can help you feel more relaxed and enjoy life more, and get other things done, too.[

Top 10 Ways to Work Out With Your Child
Exercise is an excellent stress reliever and mood enhancer for parents and children alike! Here’s a great resource from Terri Mauro, About’s guide to parenting special needs children, on how to fit exercise into your time with your child. Some resources are particularly effective for special needs children, but most are useful for all kids.

Taking Time For Yourself
Do you find yourself doing so much that you get overly stressed or even resentful? Very busy mom and guest author Rosalind Mays talks about how to avoid Mom Burn Out by doing something we should probably all do.

Love Notes Memory Game
Here's a Memory game from Terri Mauro, About's guide to parenting special needs children. I love it because it fills your screen with positive affirmations like "You Are Patient" and "You Are Strong". It's a great way to take a mental break and pump yourself up for the next challenge, for parents or anyone else.

How to Give Yourself a Time-Out
When you feel yourself getting too stressed, taking a time-out for yourself is not only a good idea for reducing stress and ensuring you’ll respond in a way you won’t regret, it’s also good behavior modeling for your child. Here’s how to effectively do it.

"I'm an overwhelmed stay-at-home mom. Help!"
Stay-at-home moms face unique stressors. Read one mom's experience, which is quite common among stressed stay-at-home moms, and find tips for relieving stay-at-home mom stress. Leave your own best tips as well, and find advice that works from other readers.

Secret Causes of Summer Stress
Summertime…and the living is easy—right? Well, not always. While we tend to expect a more relaxed lifestyle during summer, and the season definitely has its perks, summer can bring its share of unexpected stress. This summer stress article explores areas of hidden stress that affect many of us during the summer season.

Mental Stress and Working Mothers
Working mothers face many responsibilities, and this can lead to greater stress. Learn more about mental stress and find practical techniques that working moms can use for stress management.

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