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Parental Stress:
How to Avoid It:


(Excerpted from Why Make Yourself Crazy? 400 Ways to
Rid Your Life of Needless Stress
by G. Gaynor McTigue)



Discipline rationally,
not angrily.


Don't wait until you're furious before disciplining your kids. By then you'll be too worked up to apply any constructive punishment...and more likely to shout, hit and even abuse. Instead, reprimand bad behavior early on, before it, and your reaction to it, get out of hand. The kids can then learn from the discipline, and you'll save yourself untold aggravation and regret by remaining calm and in control. Why make yourself crazy?



One sport per
child per season.


There are more than enough opportunities during the year for your child to participate in different sports, without having to cram several into one season. Shuttling kids around like a madman on weekends stresses out the entire family, at a time when everyone should be stress-free. It also isn't fair to coaches and teammates when conflicts cause your child to miss important games and practices. Why over-plan leisure? Kids should have ample free time for unstructured play to let their imaginations take flight, rather than always be saddled with adult-like schedules. Limit each child to a single sport per season. He or she can focus on it, get better at it, and you can enjoy watching it. You'll also have more time together as a family. Why make yourself crazy?


Don't let the media
bring up your kids.


Just because it's on TV, in the movies or in a magazine doesn't make it "okay," healthy or morally acceptable. More than ever, the media are driven by ratings and profits—hardly by social responsibility. If you're stressing out over what your kids are exposed to, you should be. Sex, violence, and offensive language are being pawned off on increasingly younger audiences. Don't look the other way, claim you don't have time to be vigilant or give in because other kids are doing it. Monitor what your children watch and read very carefully. Let your influence—not the media's, not other parents'—guide your kids. Or risk having their childhood snatched right out from under them. Why make yourself crazy?


Cut your teens some slack.

 

When kids grow into teenagers, they begin to look every bit like adults. So we expect them to act like adults. And when they don't, which is often, it stresses the heck out of us. Ease up a little. Although they're sprouting up and filling out, and their voices are changing, they're still basically children! Else they'd be out living and working on their own, wouldn't they? Accept that your job isn't done yet, by any stretch, and there are many more years of patience and understanding to go through. Yes, give them more responsibility, let them enjoy a taste of adulthood, but expect that they'll make mistakes, express the most infuriating viewpoints, and do the most nonsensical things. They're works in progress. Think how confused and chaotic your adolescence was. It will help you stave off, or at least endure, the classic struggle between parent and teen. Why make yourself crazy?


Parenting shouldn't
be a guilt trip
.


How we agonize over the raising of our kids! Are we firm enough? Too strict? Are we providing them with everything they need? Or spoiling them? Why do we always feel we can be doing a better job...we don't spend enough time with them...we're neglecting their needs? Regardless of how hard we're trying! And then, we have to compete with the Dad who gets his son into the pro team's locker room, and the Mom who hires a recording star to entertain at her daughter's birthday. Forget all that. Give them love, give them limits, listen to what they have to say, and instill in them—through your own example—a set of good moral values. Do that, and you'll never have cause to feel like an unworthy parent. Why make yourself crazy?



There are many more breakthrough stress-reducing strategies for parenting and virtually every other area of your life, in the new Kindle Edition of the acclaimed book Why Make Yourself Crazy? 400 Ways to Rid Your Life of Needless Stress by G. Gaynor McTigue. Join thousands of readers worldwide who have eliminated the stress, anxiety and clutter from their lives with these powerful tips. Learn more.

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EXPERT ENDORSEMENT:
"In his insightful jewel, G. Gaynor McTigue delivers informed, specific tools to empower others to regulate stress and to achieve internal harmony. This entertaining reference will be an essential instruction manual in self-management."

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Executive and Mentor Coach




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About G. Gaynor McTigue


G. Gaynor (Jerry) McTigue is the author of six books, including the bestselling Life's Little Frustration Book series (St. Martin's Press).


His books have been featured on hundreds of radio and TV shows throughout the U.S. and Canada, and sold worldwide.


Based on the strategies developed in Why Make Yourself Crazy?, Mr. McTigue conducts life-altering stress elimination workshops for groups and organizations.


He has also written numerous articles and essays that have helped millions of people improve the quality and enjoyment of their lives. His work has appeared in major city newspapers and national magazines including The Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Advertising Age, and many others.


He is a former columnist for America Online and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).



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