Best strategies for avoiding parenting burnout

You don't have to be supermom or superdad

(CNN) – Juggling work and family responsibilities can leave some parents feeling stressed out and exhausted. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other experts, on how to avoid parenting burnout.

When you’re at work, try to fit in a few relaxation breaks; times when you ramp down the stress. Deep breathing is helpful or going for a walk.

When you’re heading home, find ways to improve your mindset and energy level so that you can better engage with the family when you get home; even if it means taking a few minutes for yourself.

You don’t have to be supermom or superdad. Instead of cooking every night, allow yourself to get take-out every now and again if it makes things easier.

Also, have the family help out with household chores. Don’t take on too many responsibilities during the week. Let some things slide until the weekend.

Speaking of weekends, remember to take time for yourself and your spouse on those days.

These hectic times won’t last forever. Soon your child will be on to the next phase.

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