Children can be great, but they also can be incredibly stressful to deal with. Your little cherub doesn’t always come without flaws. Discussed below are some ways that your child can grind your gears and what you can do to fix it.
Children are clumsy. They can’t seem to get their motor functions to work in the correct way, or they’re just too oblivious of their surroundings. Most of us live in homes with expensive electronics, glassware, and other nail-biting hazards that make your child a disaster waiting to happen. Don’t hesitate to child-proof your home if you have a particularly wild child. Foreseeing disaster before it strikes is always the best policy.
If peace and quiet is your thing, then children are not for you. Children are inherently noisy, and nothing is more grinding then a screaming child when you’re driving in heavy traffic, trying to hold a conversation, or watching your favorite television show. The screaming of your son or daughter is often enough to make you scream yourself, but having distractions like games or books, when they’re bored or on road trips will help you obtain some peace.
Fear of the Dentist
Trips to the dentist can be especially nerve wracking for children with poor dental hygiene. However, scheduling your child to get their teeth cleaned every six months, and talking to your child about having regular cleanings are important before going to the dentist. A lot of the fear comes from the pain involved with cleanings from poorly trained techs or improper dental habits beforehand. When your child understands that the dentist is there to help, dental visits can become fun outings. Being proactive in this regard will surely alleviate tension between you and your child.
They’re Stressed out Themselves
Kids rarely, if at all, know what’s best for them, and that can create stress within themselves. As a parent, you don’t want to see your offspring in distress, and you want to help them the best you can. When children are toddlers, separation from parents can cause anxiety the same way social pressure, divorce, and world events can stress out older kids. Talking with your kids, and understanding their feelings will feel like a weight has been lifted off of both of you.
There are many other things that are extremely stressful for parents with children, but the above are some of the most taxing and ongoing. If you find yourself being driven to the edge by your children, take action. Not being proactive enough, and not taking charge in your child’s life will only make things worse. The above tips should help in taking that first step to more stress-free parenting.