SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Stay-at-home parenting can become
overwhelming by its seemingly endless challenges when it comes to juggling
the needs of individual family members. While there is a steady upward
trend of dads or moms taking the role as the primary caregiver, it is
critical to ensure that this role reversal is a positive experience.
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists offers the
following tips for fathers or mothers who are considering or are currently
-- Stay Positive: The best way to assure that this will be a positive
experience is to remain confident and embrace your new role. If you are
frustrated or depressed about being at home, your children will notice
and may reflect your actions in their behavior. For your children to
remain happy and healthy, you need to be a parent who is proactive and
proud to be staying at home.
-- Stay Connected: A primary fear stay-at-home parents often face is
becoming isolated. It is important to stay active by volunteering at
your child's school, starting a new hobby or being involved with
sports. Get connected with other full-time mothers or fathers by
joining playgroups that meet on a weekly basis.
-- Stay in Love: It can often be challenging for those whose spouse or
partner is the breadwinner, but this role reversal can be successful.
You and your companion need to communicate on a daily basis by
discussing each others' expectations and showing appreciation for each
other. Be sure to schedule date nights and keep the romance alive.
-- Stay Informed: You have made the decision to put your career on hold to
raise your family. Stay in touch with colleagues and keep your mind
fresh by reading journals, attending meetings or going back to school.
Once you are ready to re-enter the workforce, you will remain a
valuable, resourceful, and knowledgeable professional.
-- Stay Balanced: Enjoy positive mental health by prioritizing
home-related responsibilities and personal time. Apply these tips for
you and your family to manage and improve your mental health:
-- Plan a getaway where family members can relax, rest and escape their
-- Set aside personal time read, walk, and be with friends.
-- Engage in healthy eating and physical activity.
If you or your children are having a more difficult time than normal
getting adjusted to this new role and lifestyle, you may consider seeking
family counseling. A Marriage and Family Therapist can address and modify
constraints, help family members communicate with one another in a
productive way and develop strategies to solve problems effectively. To
locate a Licensed Therapist, visit California's online mental health
resource at http://www.TherapistFinder.com.
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT),
with 27 chapters throughout the state, is an independent professional
organization, representing the interests of Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapists. CAMFT provides TherapistFinder.com as a resource to prospective
patients looking for Therapists located throughout California. For more
information about CAMFT, please call (858) 292-2638 or visit Camft.org or
SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists