Monday, 8 August 2016

How dealing with your stress makes you a better parent

We've all been there – there's a crisis at work, the phone's ringing, the washing machine has broken down leaving no clean clothes for school tomorrow, and your normally well behaved child decides to see how many cornflakes she can flush down the loo before it blocks.

On another day you might think that was amusing, or be proud that your child has the enquiring mind of a scientific genius, but today it’s all too much. Instead of your usual reasonable and constructive approach, things quickly descend to a shouting match or tears.

Why do our children pick these moments to test us? And why does our patience seem to desert us just when we need it most? The answer to both questions is stress.