Seek Help if you need it
Being a parent is difficult. No one expects you to know how to do it all. Challenges such as unemployment or a child with special needs can add to family tension. If you think stress may be affecting the way you treat your child, or if you just want the extra support that most parents need at some point, try the following:
• Talk to someone. Tell a friend, healthcare provider, or a leader in your faith community about what you’re experiencing. Or, join a support group for parents.
• Seek respite care when you need a break. Everyone needs time for themselves. Respite care provides a safe place for your children so you can take care of yourself.
• Call a helpline. Childhelp USA offers a national 24- hour hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) for parents who need help or parenting advice.
• Seek counseling. Individual, couple, or family counseling can identify and reinforce healthy ways to communicate and parent.
• Take a parenting class. No one is born knowing how to be a good parent. It’s an acquired skill. Parenting classes can give you the skills you need to raise a happy, healthy child.
• Accept help. You do not have to do it all. Accept offers of help form trusted family, friends, and neighbors. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel that you need it.