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How stress affects your infant care capabilities:

Posted on 11-10-2014

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Being a parent can be immensely stressful at times. Having to manage debt, working eight hours a day and coming home to cranky toddlers can push a parent to the very brink. Stress is a natural occurrence in the body, but needs to be managed correctly. In this piece we will take a look at how stress can affect your basic child care capabilities, and offer a few ideas about stress management.

How does your stress affect your ability to parent?

Stress can cause you to be impulsive, and act without thinking. It is important, however, not to lash out at a child, either physically or verbally. This is especially true for infants. Hitting or shouting at an infant who does not understand can frighten and emotionally scar the child. When you are stressed, and exhibit this type of behavior, you may not realize your own strength. This can cause lasting physical and emotional harm, contrary to the type of child care you are aiming for.

How can I lessen stress in my life?

The first way to decrease your stress level is to spend quality time with your family. Becoming part of fun and relaxing activities with family members may help to improve family relationships and reduce stress levels. Indulging in some quality time alone will often have a calming effect and aid in lessening stress. Read a book, listen to your favorite music or spend some time exercising. Enjoying a small amount of time apart from your child and family can actually be quite healthy. Everybody needs a break once in a while.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Beaumont, Kentucky is committed to offering excellent child care facilities to meet your specific needs. For more information about our experienced educators or curriculum, feel free to contact us today

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