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Stay Connected  — Parenting Can Be Stressful

Strong communities strengthen families. Everyone in the Marine Corps community plays a role in fostering strong families and keeping children safe. Parents play the biggest role, and although it can be stressful, there are steps that you can take to strengthen your ability to handle difficult situations.

  1. Take care of yourself. When you board a plane, the flight attendants tell you to put on your oxygen mask first and remain conscious to help others do the same. Self-care is important to being the best you can be for your kids and helping them be the best versions of themselves. Ensure you do something for yourself, no matter how small, every day.
  2. Attend parent education classes or events. Knowledge is power! Trying to navigate the challenges of parenting can be stressful, but there are several resources available for parents to help answer those tough questions. Your local installation Family Advocacy Program’s Prevention and Education and New Parent Support Programs host classes and events that can increase your support and resources. 
  3. Stay connected. Being isolated is tough and can make anyone feel lonely or frustrated. Participating in community events is important to build and maintain connections. Consider joining a play group with other parents (it’s a great chance to vent, too). Think about other groups that you might join or classes that you might take, like an exercise class. Find ways to stay in contact with friends and family even if you are not located close to them. 
  4. Be flexible (Semper Gumby). Plan ahead as much as possible but remember you will also have to adapt at times. Use your resources when you must be flexible, and work to build a network locally who can help you to adapt.
The Family Advocacy Program wants to help with parenting stress and has additional resources. Additional information and resources can also be found at Military OneSource’s Military Parents Resource Center.
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