How Parenting Impacts Your Mental Health
The self-imposed and societal expectations placed on today's parents are challenging, especially when many parents and caregivers also deal with their own mental health issues.
Yet, we know that the bond between the two is essential for a child's healthy development. How can parents find the support, tools, and strategies to care for their mental health while handling the stress of parenting?
This week's episode of Notes From A Child Psychologist is all about how parenting impacts mental health, and strategies parents can use to manage their emotions. Click here to listen to the episode.
Caring for children is filled with an intense array of emotions. How can caregivers identify and manage these feelings?
We do families and parents a disservice when we do not have candid conversations about their mental health. Families need safe spaces where parents and caregivers can admit the intense emotions that come with parenting children, adolescents, and, at times, young adults. I talk a lot about how children can increase their emotional vocabulary on the podcast. These techniques can also be helpful for adults. Acknowledge what's going on in your life at the moment and the emotions attached to those feelings. Next, look for resources that can help you manage those emotions - do you need to ask for support? Seek services of a Mental Health Expert? Explore all available options, especially if you have mental health issues.
How can parents come to terms with admitting disappointment around their expectations for their children? What are some strategies to ensure these feelings don't cause emotional or mental harm to their children?
I won't pretend that's it easy for parents to admit that they have expectations for their children that will not come to fruition. The reasons expectations are not met vary. In my practice, I've seen everything from children not being interested in the same activities as their parents to children unable to perform tasks due to learning differences, anxiety, etc.
Parents report frustration, anger, and disappointment, which is never easy to admit. Still, acknowledging these feelings are the first step to moving forward. Next, it's helpful for parents to recognize when they are pushing too hard and why? Lastly, I talk a lot about Value-Based Parenting on the podcast and in my practice.
Value-Based Parenting is a framework for parents to decide the essential characteristics and values they want for their children. These values can help make the child-parent relationship easier to manage and less stressful for everyone involved!
Managing the stress of parenting can be a daunting task, but you are not alone. I offer helpful advice and strategies for managing the day-to-day stress of parenting, as well as tips for establishing parenting values to create better communication with your children. There is an entire Army of parents just like you that will be attending my upcoming masterclass.
If you would like more information or want to attend, you can register by clicking the link. 5 Keys to Value-Based Parenting Masterclass,
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