Have you ever felt tugged in a million different directions? Your son demands one thing, your partner expects another, and perhaps we shouldn't even consider other responsibilities like housekeeping or your job.
Raising a family is good for your heart, yet the duties of motherhood can be so enormous that the stress can become overpowering.
Take a deep breath and know that there is support if you are fatigued and frustrated by the balancing act at the end of the day.
There will be times when your son does not behave as you would like. Remember that you have no control over how you act, but you do have power over how you set an example for children and how you react to their actions.
- Make time to read to them before they go to bed.
- Play games, sports, or toys with your son.
- Teach him new skills, such as how to make his favorite meal.
- Ask for help. If you're feeling overwhelmed, ask for help from your partner, family, or a friend. It could be as basic as listening or looking after the kids for an afternoon.
- Consider your life's top priorities. If spending quality time with your son is important to you, consider if you actually make it a priority.
- Learn to recognize what isn't genuinely urgent and what isn't. In our brains, we sometimes generate a sense of urgency. What items can be put off until a later date?
- Schedule regular family walks.
- Go to the park with your kids.
- Attend a Zumba or dancing class with your family.
- Take up a family activity such as cycling or hiking.
- Set boundaries with those around you by making your needs known.
Motherhood has a lot of demands. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and like you're not contributing enough, especially when you want to share your world with everyone.
Not only will taking efforts to control your stress benefit you, but it will also benefit those around you. You will be able to provide more if you are honest with others around you about how you feel and what you require.
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