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Easing Parenting Stress Over The Festive Season

Easing Parenting Stress Over The Festive Season

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

If you are a parent of a baby or toddler, the coming weeks are a special time to build memories with family and friends.

While many of us are preparing for holidays and family gatherings, it’s important to remember that challenges with parenting, mental health and family violence don’t go away over the festive period. In fact, stress and frustration can magnify existing problems.

For some this is a period of loneliness and isolation, especially after separation. There are various support lines which can support parents and carers through these difficult times.

Financial and time pressures, isolation, family tensions, separation and divorce, bereavement, step-family challenges, or just reflecting on another year gone by can make for a time of anxiety.

Babies, toddlers and young children can feel your stress so it’s important to look after yourself and those around you. Children will appreciate the gift of your time more than any present they will receive.

Strategies to help reduce stress include having realistic expectations, getting as much rest as possible and understanding that stress might also be effecting those around you.

Tweddle will be closed over the festive period from Thursday 21st December and reopen on Monday January 8th 2018. Tweddle’s MyTime groups align with school terms so will commence in the first week of February.

If you need parenting support through the holiday period, reach out to the following organisations ;

  • Parentline  13 22 89
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Mensline 1300 78 99 78
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
  • 1800Respect (family violence/sexual assault) 1800 737 732
  • 24 Hour MCH Line 13 22 29
  • CAREinMIND – chat, telephone & video counselling 1300 096 269

Everyone at Tweddle wishes you a safe and happy festive season. We look forward to supporting your family in 2018.

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