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10 Stress-Busting Tips from Moms Like You

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Seek Out Parent Support

Other moms can relate to your madness! Look for opportunities to meet other parents, such as "Mommy and Me" classes at the YMCA, story time at the library, or support groups in your area if you're a single mom or have a child with special needs. Online message boards are also a good resource.

One single mother says: "Attention single moms! It's no good for you or your children to sit at home and feel sorry for yourself that you're stuck doing this parenting thing alone. Get out there and find yourself a good support group. Your insurance company may offer a variety of self-improvement programs at no cost to you. Your local library, church, or community message board may also help you find a group that would be the right fit. Getting out there is half the battle."

Another mom says: "In our small community, the recreation center offers a two-hour open gym time for babies, toddlers, and their parents twice a week. It's a good break from the house, and the kids can run, climb, jump and be 'wild' in a safe place. The kids have a chance to play with other children. I visit with other moms and we share our struggles, ideas, and joys. It's good for the kids and good for me!"

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