How Parents’ Stress Can Hurt A Child, From The Inside Out

This article on how stress can affect your children is an indicator of how our modern way of living, encouraging mothers to have a career and work outside the home, can have an adverse affect on our children.  There is a balance. I found when I was a working Mum there were pros and cons.  On the one hand I liked the stimulation of being out of the home and the challenge of the job.  On the other hand it was a great struggle trying to give my children good quality time and attention, and there were times I was just too tired to really cope.  

At this point in my life I was a single parent Mum, I had to divorce my husband and the stress of that was unbelievable.  My parents stood by me and because I was living in South Africa where there was no governmental help, I had no option but to return home with the children.  It was a difficult time for all of us, but at least my children had my parents when i couldn't be with them.  I later married again, came to the United Kingdom and was able to become a stay-at-home wife and give my full time and attention to my children and husband, when he came home.  My husband worked abroad as a contractor, giving me this wonderful gift of becoming a proper wife and mother.

How Parents' Stress Can Hurt A Child, From The Inside Out

"There's a small but intriguing body of evidence suggesting that beyond a child's disposition, a parent's stress level can affect a child's very makeup, including his or her risk of mood disorders, addiction, and even disorders like ADHD and autism. It …"
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2012/07/25/how-parents-stress-can-hurt-a-child-from-the-inside-out/

Our family and our children are very important to us.  It is all we really have. Looking back with hindsight there are many things I wish I could have changed.  But I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to give my children time and attention and support in all their interests, as far as I possible could do. But I do wish I that I was a calmer person, especially whilst my children were growing up.

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