There you go with that “S” word again! Stress is a factor that influences our ability to be the best parents we can be. It is important to understand that stress can come from positive or negative situations. Having a new addition to the family, birthdays, relative visits, the holidays, an irate boss or coworker, or financial problems can all cause us stress. When we are stressed, we may find ourselves having less patience or time to be there for our kids, which can result in power struggles or family conflict. In order to be the best you can be, it is important to remember that we must MAKE TIME FOR OURSELVES. Making time for ourselves and participating in self-care activities can give us more energy to proactively deal with life situations. Taking care of yourself is as easy as, reading a book, taking a relaxing bath, listening to music, exercising, or talking to friends. Making a little “you” time can go a long way!