Facing the Challenges of Parenthood
Becoming a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding things you will ever face in your lifetime. Going from being an individual to being a parent will change everything. There’s a lot of joy involved with parenting, but there are also some challenges you will need to overcome. Here are some ways to prepare for some challenges you may face as a parent.
Getting Enough Sleep
One of the challenges a parent will often face is finding balance to ensure they get enough rest. Most parents will tell you sleep is the thing they miss the most. Sleep is important to your mental and physical health. According to Roots Through Recovery, around one out of every five adults in the United States struggles with mental health disorders. Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your mental health.
How do you overcome the challenges of sleep deprivation, especially as a new parent? You adjust your sleeping schedule. You may have to sacrifice some screen time to ensure you are getting enough zzz’s, but in the end, the sacrifice is worth it. It will make you a better parent.
Choosing Education for Your Child
One of a parent’s biggest responsibilities is choosing the right educational setting for their child. According to Thought Co, between 2013-2014, there were around 33,600 private educational institutions in the United States. Of course, there are hundreds of thousands of public educational institutions in the United States as well. How do you overcome the challenge of choosing the right school setting for your child?
There are a few things you should consider before you make a choice about which school you will send your child to. Does private school tuition fit into your budget? Which schools are local to your area? Investigate the schools by visiting and asking questions to help you to overcome one of the biggest challenges any parent faces.
Handling Divorce as a Parent
Big life changes like a divorce can present unique challenges for a parent. According to the Department of State in Pennsylvania, in 2019, there were 32,985 divorces in Pennsylvania alone. Divorces are common, but that doesn’t mean they are not a challenge. Managing a divorce when a child is involved is very complicated.
Overcoming the challenges of divorce takes work. One of the best things you can do is to secure professional help for your child. Every child can benefit from therapy when their parents are divorcing. In fact, typically the entire family can benefit from counseling when it comes to divorce.
Approaching the Tough Subjects
Some conversations have to be had as your child grows. Talks about drugs, drinking, expectations, and sex can all be difficult. As a parent, it can be a challenge to talk about tough topics with your child, especially when your parents never spoke about them with you. How do you overcome the challenge of sharing information that makes you uncomfortable?
Getting past this challenge starts with educating yourself. There are books and online resources that can help you to talk to your child about anything, even the things that make you uncomfortable. Open communication with your child at every age is essential to nurture your relationship. Learn how to talk to your child; it will help you overcome many parenting challenges you will face.
Dealing With Defiance
You can do everything right and still face times when your child defies your instructions outright. To defy your parents is a part of growing up. Children will “test the waters” to see what they can get away with. As a parent, it can be a real challenge not to lose your cool when your child is defiant. However, overcoming this challenge starts with NOT losing your cool.
Your reaction will set the pace for future encounters. There should always be age-appropriate consequences for defiant behavior, but it should never be hostile. If you need to walk away for a few minutes to regain your composure and reset your anger, walk away.
Being a parent is not easy. It’s the most important job you will ever have. Begin the work and face these challenges head-on.