Home should be a sanctuary, a place where once the door is closed we have peace with ourselves and each other. It’s easy to assume stress is all about work, but did you know that home can be the catalyst for stress.
Children also deal with stress. They may not always feel that their parents understand what they go through, particularly during their teenage years and as parents, we may not always feel our children understand the pressures we’re under.
As hard as it is being a child, it’s even more difficult being a parent with all the responsibilities that come with the role. Understanding each other’s needs can be difficult. When we’re stressed, we tend to take things out on the ones we love. We fail to listen because we’re tired, or just can’t be bothered.
We may also perceive and interpret discussions wrongly because we’re not consciously listening. We take family for granted and make less effort. All these bring about added stress of course, but we must always stand back and think about what we say and how we say it as not to offend.
If we thought about what we said first or how we say what we say, we wouldn’t say half the things we come out with. It’s important we listen, be compassionate, tolerant, caring and throw some give ‘n’ take in for good measure.
What it boils down to is that whether we’re stressed or not, it’s not the other person’s fault, parent or child alike.