How to Deal with Parenting Stress

It's hard to eliminate parenting stress, but minimizing it can be beneficial to your health. See more parenting pictures.
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It probably comes as no surprise to most people that parenting can sometimes be a stressful endeavor. After all, when you have a child, you suddenly become responsible for another person's life, and on top of that, many parents juggle taking care of their kids with a career and a marriage as well. It's no easy task. The truth is you can't completely eliminate parenting stress from your life. The key is doing your best to minimize it and finding a way to cope with it when it does pop up.

As with many other types of stress, parenting stress is often the result of feeling overwhelmed by all that the responsibility entails. It's important to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. We all make mistakes at one time or another, and we will probably make a few mistakes as parents, too [source: CMHA]. Part of what makes parenting so difficult is that the job is constantly changing. People are unique, and what works with one child won't necessarily work with the next. Similarly, being the parent of a newborn is completely different than being the parent of a teenager. You have to try to approach it as a never-ending learning process. You're probably not going to have all the answers, but you'll be able to figure them out as you go.

Parenting stress is hard to avoid, and if you don't learn to cope with it, it could end up having an adverse affect on your mental health and your family. Studies have shown that parents and kids who have additional stress in their lives are more likely to suffer from depression or other mental problems [source: Deater-Deckard]. Your well-being, as well as your family's, really does rely on your ability to minimize and cope with the daily stress of being a parent.

To learn more about how you can cut down on the amount of parenting stress in your life, keep reading.