6 Tips To Becoming A Happier Parent

by | September 15, 2018

Is being a parent a lot harder than you thought it would be? Have you lost a little piece of yourself? Here are some simple tips to help you become a happier parent.

A lot of parents feel that they’ve lost a little bit of their identity as they spend all of their time worrying about, and running around after their kids, with little to no time left for themselves. Leaving them feeling burnt out and unfulfilled.

Here are some tips on how to take control of your life back so you can feel more relaxed and become a happier parent.

There’s no such thing as the perfect parent, so stop beating yourself up.

Do you think you that have to be the perfect parent?

Maybe you know someone who makes it look so easy. They seem to have everything under control. I guarantee you that if you were to talk to them they’d tell you that they have struggles too. The perfect parent does not exist. Everyone has their own ways of doing things, what works for one family may not work for yours. That doesn’t mean that your way is wrong, it’s just different than theirs. There is no handbook, no manual, no guidelines. Were all just winging it, so don’t beat yourself up. You’re doing just fine.

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Nobody’s kids are perfect, yours aren’t going to be either.

You were the perfect child, right? Didn’t think so.

Just like you don’t have to be the perfect parent, your child doesn’t have to be perfect either.

I’m sure you know someone who’s always going on about how amazing their kid is. Take it with a pinch of salt. It’s possible that their child is really good at a couple of things, heck maybe they’re great at lots of things, big deal. Don’t compare your child with somebody else’s, everyone has their own talents, appreciate them for what they are instead of holding them to someone else’s standard.

Let them solve their own problems.

Are you constantly swooping in to save the day at the first sign of trouble? Stop. You don’t need to do that. Kids need to be able to learn problem solving skills and you “helicoptering” all over them is not going to allow them to do that. Plus, it’s exhausting to always be hovering. Sit down, have a cup of tea. (Sally and Annabelle will figure out who gets to be Shimmer just fine by themselves).

Guide them through life of course, but let them have a little space to figure stuff out for themselves.

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Don’t overschedule yourselves

Have you signed your child up for activity known to man? Do you find yourself rushing from gymboree to swim lessons and then over girl scouts?

Yes, extracurricular activities can be very beneficial to your child’s growth and development, but maybe try not to do every single one. There aren’t enough hours in the day, ugh the stress. Scale back a little. Your child needs to be able to entertain themselves too. Plus it’ll help you relax a little and become a happier parent.

Get More Organized

Being a little bit more organized can have a huge effect on your happiness. When you know what needs to be done and when you need to do it, it can make the daily slog a bit more manageable.

Make a weekly list of what you need to do, estimate the time you think it will take, and check it off as you complete each task, making a note of the actual time it took you. Not having enough time to get as much done as you expected can be so stressful. After a few weeks you’ll begin to see realistically how long these things take and you’ll be able to plan your days accordingly. Therefore not setting yourself up for failure and feeling frustrated at the end of the day.

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Be good to yourself

Remember the days when you’d go for a run on a whim, or meet up with a friend for coffee?

You can still do those things. Just because you have kids now doesn’t mean you have to drop all your favorite hobbies. Make a little time for yourself. It’s absolutely ok to be selfish sometimes. “You can’t fill from an empty cup”

Get a sitter, call grandma to come watch the kids for a bit. Throw those sneakers on and take a little jog around the park. They’re going to be just fine without you for a little while and you’re going to feel so much better about yourself.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you become a happier parent.

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