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Parenting Stress

Strategies to Help Moms Avoid Compassion Fatigue

Shari Medini | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

Self care doesn't have to mean extravagant girls' weekends and shopping binges. Self care is more about the day to day mindset and small things that you do to decrease your stress levels and refill your compassion tank.

Today, I'm Drowning In Parenthood

Stephanie Jankowski | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Jankowski

For a second, I think about just leaving. Running away. How long would it be until they noticed? Where would I even go? I don't leave, of course, but today would be a great day to take off. Today, I am drowning in parenthood.

The Truth About My Mindful Parenting

Monisha Vasa | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Monisha Vasa

Yes, I believe in parenting mindfully. To me, this means I hold an intention to raise children who are conscious, compassionate and thankful. But this is clearly a work in progress.

10 Rules to Maintain Your Sanity While Parenting

Ashford Evans | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Ashford Evans

There are a few things in life that I have learned you absolutely DO NOT skimp on. Child care is one of them. (The others are plastic surgery, toilet paper, dish soap and a mechanic.)

Plastic is Damn Delicious... And Other Things My Baby Is Thinking

Amy Hunter | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Amy Hunter

The stress and the fear of this kid getting into something he shouldn't while I'm dealing with all the other lives in this house has me at my breaking point. Scratch that, my broken point. I'm a frazzled, frantic, mess. It's not a good look.

In Loving Memory Of A Moment Alone

Marilynn Halas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Marilynn Halas

When I became a mom, I knew my life would change. There would be diapers, sleepless nights and booties -- and I am one of those weirdos who actually enjoyed most of it. But what I did not realize was that I would never again use the bathroom alone.

Yes, Parenting IS the Hardest Job

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Parenting is the hardest job you'll EVER have. I repeatedly heard folks say this before I had my first child. I had no earthly idea what they meant.

On The Days I Struggle the Most With My Little Ones

Regan Long | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

I'm given one shot with my children. They are given one childhood with me. The amazing, yet scary part of all of this, I'm the author of this part of their lives.

Every Day Is A Chance To Screw Up My Kid Less

KnowMore TV | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

There are these weird not-so-sweet spots you hit as a grownup -- like the possibility of battling zits and gray hair at the same time. There's also the moment when you switch from stressing over how your parents screwed you up to stressing over how you're screwing up your own kids.

Parenting 101: Your Child's Stress Is Your Stress

Leslie Rasmussen | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Leslie Rasmussen

I don't think there's anyone who can raise my stress level the way my children can. Our children don't realize that we not only have our own anxiety, but we take on theirs as well. It's not the healthiest thing to do, but it comes with the territory of being a parent.

Bernadette Noll: This Is Supposed to Be Fun

Bernadette Noll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

My crankiness and rushing wasn't going to change anything at all about what I had to do or what I had been through. All it was doing was making this task miserable.

Why Mindful Parenting Works

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

By being more mindful, we can pause before reacting, taking time to calm ourselves down. We can remind ourselves to breathe for a minute, become more aware of the present moment and choose to respond in a manner consistent with how we want to treat our child.

Margaret Wheeler Johnson

The Surprising Decision That Could Transform Your Marriage | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Weddings

Newlyweds Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis' professional lives are the stuff of overworked urbanite fantasies. Both are self-employed -- Josh, 31, as a...

Thinking About Sending My 3-Year-Old to College

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Liz Joynt Sandberg

We're all in the same boat, on the same choppy water, parents. And just like all of the other stuff we've had to figure out on the fly with just our wits and will (and a spare granola bar for sustenance), we'll probably find the right path for our families, at the right time, in the right place.

Worst End Of School Year Mom Ever

Jen Hatmaker | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Jen Hatmaker

We are limping, limping across the finish line, folks. I tapped out somewhere in April and at this point, it is a miracle my kids are still even going to school.

My Laundry Epiphany

Bernadette Noll | Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

I came out the other side of this simple task more in love, more satisfied and more understanding of my family and myself than I ever had been before.

The Social Network That's Stressing Moms Out

Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents

Social media anxiety disorder may not be a recognized mental health issue (yet), but for some moms, social network-inflicted stress has added consider...

Moms Of This Number Of Children Are Most Stressed

Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents

Third time seems to be the charm when it comes to raising Mom's stress levels. According to a recent survey of American mothers, three is the most str...

I Don't Sing in the Shower Anymore

Jamie Krug | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I have so many people -- friends, family, Owen's teachers, doctors and therapists -- who tell me how well I handle everything going on in our lives. They have no idea about the middle-of-the-night Emergency Room visits when the stress of internalizing it all takes over my body.

The Possible Side Effects Of Parenthood

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

A friend of mine is pregnant, and she's having a rough go of it so far. "You people who have had babies don't say anything about this stuff," she's been saying. My friend has a point: We should alert people to the possible side effects of parenthood.

What We Mean When We Say We Need a Break

Amanda King | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Amanda King

As a stay-at-home mom of two small children, when I say that I need a break, I'm not talking about wanting a vacation or a treat as a reward for doing my job. Needing a break doesn't mean that I'm seeking a respite from my responsibilities or that I want to put my feet up.

The Working Mom's Guide To Stress-Free Mornings

Posted 03.12.2013 | OWN

By Monica Corcoran Harel Take one working mom, add a time-management expert, and voilà: a stress-free morning. NAME: Rachel Huff AGE: 42 ...

The Secrets of Happy Families

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Are we really happier in the midst of parenting wars, where tiger moms are duking it out with more lax French mothers?

The 7 Truths About Motherhood

Mia Redrick | Posted 04.20.2013 | Parents
Mia Redrick

The word that keeps me grounded as I raise my three children.

What I Learned From Lazy French Mothers

Pamela Druckerman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Pamela Druckerman

I've come around to the French (though not exclusively French) idea that a slower, less stressful pace of family life isn't just more relaxing for grown-ups. It's also good for kids.