10 Ways for Parents to Relax


Learn to Let Go

While all these little tips might add up to a healthier, less stressful life, what's most important is a positive attitude about yourself. Sometimes the pressures of parenting culture emphasize an impossible ideal: the mom or dad who seems to manage everything without batting an eye or ever having to speak a harsh word to his or her children. As a result, many parents tend to be their own worst critics.

Although it may be easy to get caught up in the tiny, day-to-day decisions, it's important to realize that many of these details won't matter in the grand scheme of things. Your child probably won't mind, for example, if you miss a hockey game or two. So if you try to focus on the big picture, and let go of worrying about the things that probably won't matter in the long run, your stress levels are likely to decrease.

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