- Children can feel rejected
- They can start to show aggressive behavior
- They might have a lower self-esteem
- It’s possible that they withdraw from society
Aside from this, parenting stress can sometimes cause parents to hurt their child physically or emotionally. They might start “taking out” their anger or frustration on their children, or even their partner, which can cause problems in the family.
One study conducted in Italy found that because of the COVID-19 outbreak, parents experienced even more stress. They found it hard to deal with the stress, especially under quarantine, and this had a direct effect on how they interacted with their children.
What are the causes of parenting stress?
In order to deal with this type of stress, it is important for parents to identify what might be their triggers. This can help them address the problem, and think of ways to deal with it better.
Here are some causes of parenting stress:
- Unpredictable events, such as being laid off, an accident, or even death in the family
- Struggling with daily life
- Stress from work
- Lack of resources for the family
- Not being able to have time to engage in self-care
- Lack of a social support structure to help deal with problems
- Problems within the family, such as with the children or with a partner or spouse
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