First Things First: How not to let parenting stress take over your life – Chattanooga Times Free Press

Many parents may be feeling like stress is taking over their lives right now, especially those with school-age children, who would probably say their stress level is a 12 on a scale of 1-10.

In fact, many completely identify with and find themselves crying right along with young Blake McLennan from Arizona. Her parents filmed her crying and lamenting how it’s not OK that everything is closed and that she can’t have play dates with her friends, that school is not taking place and, most importantly, McDonald’s has closed its playground. (Google it if you haven’t seen it — it’s worth it!)

It’s true. Stress is at an all-time high and many parents are feeling its sting.

* What should I do about child care?

* What’s the best decision about school?

* How am I going to work and have the kids at home trying to do online classes?

* Is my job on the chopping block?

* What if one of us gets COVID-19?

* Will my college student go back to school, or are we stuck together for the semester?

So many questions and so few answers. It’s enough to make any parent ask, “Where do I go to resign because I feel like I just can’t do it anymore?” Not that you would ever do that, but this is intense. Parenting is stressful during “normal” times, but throw in a pandemic and many parents are wondering how they can continue at this level of intensity and stress.

Here’s a word of comfort. Parents and