Parenting is not an easy thing. Even though people may think that there is one correct way to raise children, there aren't any instruction manuals that come with your children when they are born. I have found that the best parenting is done when the parents are willing to try new things, take chances, and acknowledge their faults.
Whether you live in New York luxury condos or in a modular home out in the middle of nowhere, you can be an incredible parent. Expect the unexpected and make sure that you are taking everything in stride. Having a sense of humor will definitely help.
There will be times when everything seems to be falling apart or the baby won't stop crying. Remove yourself from the situation. Go for a walk and think about all of the positive things in your life. Return to your family with a fresh perspective and lots of love, and you will be able to make it through those difficult and trying times.
A great thing you can do for yourself is create a little personal space. This could be your bedroom, your master bathroom, your office or a large walk-in closet that you claim as your own. You want this place, wherever or whatever it is, to be your little sanctuary. This can be the place to which you can escape when the kids are driving you bonkers.
Too many parents make the mistake of giving their all to their children and they forget to pamper themselves every once in a while. In essence, you are only giving your all to your children when you take time for yourself as well. When you are healthy and happy, your children will be healthy and happy too.
Now that you know that stress will hit every parent and how to handle it, you should be able to relax a little more.