Parenting-The s*** they don’t tell you!

When We Have Kids

Remember when you thought you had it all figured out? Munchkin

Posted by Story of This Life on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Online parenting advice will tell you how being a parent is by far the BEST decision you could have made! It is extremely amazing and each day you are more blessed than the last! THIS is what people want you to think about parenting but then you become a parent and realize that was all a crock of s***! I love my kids undoubtedly but it’s the one decision that made me second guess my ability to make decisions in the first damn place! This s*** is hard work! It’s probably the hardest job that I have ever had and there are no vacation or sick days, no end of the year bonus check, (hell, no check!!) it just is what it is. Good thing there is free parenting advice as well discussions around the challenges parents face today all over the internet.

Since I have given birth, I have probably stressed every day going forward. I stress about teaching them all the “right” things, making sure they are healthy and eating right (what a joke), stress about making sure they have everything they need. Oh and of course some wants because they have an ongoing list of wants daily. I mean at this point, I stress about stressing!  We all know stressing isn’t healthy and even when we think our kids don’t know or understand they can’t help but feel what you feel. If your child is anything like my 6 year old, he/she probably tells you to relax when they notice shit’s about to hit the fan. With that being said I’ve used some online parenting advice to find some stress management tips for parents.  I want to share one of my favorite ways I relieve stress and keep my cool. Surprisingly, adult coloring books are highly recommended in relieving stress and I was even able to incorporate my children to make it a bonding experience. Although they add to the stress in my life, they definitely are my go to when I need a pick me up!

Since my children and I are a little artsy, one of my stress relievers is a good old coloring book and some crayons. I was super excited when they came out with adult coloring books because it allows me to tap into one of my childhood favorite activities while enhancing my levels of focus and concentration. My children think we are just coloring but I am really transferring my negative thoughts and energy or anxiety into a more positive experience. In my mind I am retreating back to a safe place where the world doesn’t seem to weigh me down and for a short moment (until my children begin to fuss over something so simple that I want to rip my hair out) I can enjoy creating some beautiful artwork.  Amazon has some great choices but I found one that was perfect for me. I immediately wanted to calm down based on the title alone!!! I mean if a book’s title tells you to calm the f*** down, you better take that advice! Click the link to check it out!