Changes in life and balancing family responsibilities can be stressful. Sometimes can be too much and we can feel tired, angry, depressed, nervous, and guilty. At times, we can even get skin rashes, headaches or backaches. Stress can’t always be avoided but here’s what you can do to make it easier to handle:
Parents want to do the best for their children. You will be a better parent if you take the time to look after yourself.
Talk to someone you trust, for example your husband, wife, partner, grandparent
A healthy relationship is one where both partners:
feel valued and good about themselves
trust and respect each other
are fair in conflicts
are partners in financial decisions
Dealing With Anger
Getting angry is a reaction we have to stress and it happens to all of us at one time or another. Getting frustrated or angry is not unusual. What matters is what we do with our anger.
Never shake a baby out of anger. If you ever feel you are so angry you may hurt your child try these simple steps:
Put the baby in a safe place such as a crib
Leave the room
Try to calm down by taking several deep slow breaths
Call for help. Try a friend, family member, public health department, leader of your faith community, social service agency or the distress line 416-408-HELP (4357)
Family violence is abuse that happens in a family or close relationship. Family violence is always wrong. It can happen in any type of family, one parent, two parent, rich or poor, including parents/caregivers who abuse their children.