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Tips to manage family stress

Advice for parents

Mar. 5, 2013
 
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Kids can take on the stress experienced in their family.

They study us and are more perceptive about how we act and feel than to what we might tell them.

Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Christian DeGregorio said even when parents get frustrated, they should help to provide a structured setting for children.

He offers these tips to help families under stress:

1. If enough is enough, donít be afraid to say no. People create 80 percent of their own stress by saying yes when they would rather turn down obligations and favors.

2. Do not set a poor example when you are under stress. Itís hard to be a consistent mentor if youíre influenced by drugs or alcohol.

3. Try to stay empathetic to childrenís concerns.

Source: Dr. Christian DeGregorio, psychiatrist at Aspirus Weston Clinic

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