Being a parent is challenging enough, but being a single parent can be much more difficult. If we don't properly manage our stress, we can become less effective as a parent, but also in life. In order to enjoy being a parent, here are a few tips:
- Say No and Set Boundaries: One of the most important tips to reduce stress is to learn to say no. Being a single mom or dad means you are probably stretched pretty thin. Prioritize what really matters and be especially vigilant about saying no to those things that don't. Be realistic in assessing what you are capable of doing and what you aren't and most of all, don't beat yourself up for saying "no." Setting boundaries will allow you to better manage your time and allow you to be your best.
- Build in You-Time: As a single parent, you probably have very little time for yourself. Building in alone time gives your mind and body the rest it needs to go full-steam ahead the rest of the time. At least once a week, do one of the