Raising children can be stressful for every parent, not only for parents with psychiatric disabilities. To be a good parent, you need to be continually attentive to the changing needs and wants of your child. This can be difficult, especially when you are trying to manage your household, engage in a relationship with your partner and possibly hold down a job at the same time. As a parent with a psychiatric disability, you may feel even more stress because you may also need to work at managing your symptoms. Healthy parenting is essential to reducing your overall stress level. Understandably, as a parent of a child ages 0-3, you may have difficulty creating routines. Babies and toddlers take time to adjust to a schedule, and there may be days where, despite your best efforts, they will not be able to follow it. Even so, there are many things that you can do to help your child. On the following pages, we will examine some of the areas of concern to parents of children ages 0-3 and we will provide some tips for how to deal with stressful situations that may occur. Some of these tips will be directly related to reducing your stress while others may be more general.
Stress Reduction: Parenting Techniques Ages 0-3