IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is information about how mothers and fathers need - or don’t use - social support to help them become better parents.
MAKING CHANGES: Learning how to accept and use support from your family and peers may not only help your parenting skills, but also your ability to become the best you that you can be.
FACT OR FICTION: Do dogs sweat?
In The News
Parenting teenagers is not an easy task. Researchers took it upon themselves to evaluate the way in which mothers and fathers function differently in their parenting role and how social support systems may play a part.
They found that mothers who felt they weren’t in control of certain parts of their lives, or had a difficult time parenting a teenager, experienced greater relief from their stress when they used social support systems. However, the researchers didn’t find the same results in the fathers in the study.
The study also showed that parents who felt in greater control of their life could have warmer and better relationships with their children - benefiting both the parent, the children and the family unit.
Daily Health Tip
Getting support from friends and family is strong option when you feel you are spinning out of control and need to regain your ‘center.’
Online social networks are not social support mechanisms that can give you the emotional and mental support you need to become the best you that you can be. This means you’ll need to get out from behind your computer, smartphone or tablet and interact in the real world. This may feel strange at first if you’re more adept at being isolated and communicating in the digital world, but you’ll find that it is healthier and you’ll be happier in the long run.
You may have to make the effort and time to create a circle of support. Start with your family and work your way out toward friends you have through your children, church, or business contacts. It won’t be long before you have a circle of friends you can call exactly when you need them.
I talk with my boss about how to orient my job to my unique talents. I volunteer to work on projects that display my flair for marketing or decorating.
My spouse and I work together as a team. We complement each other by sharing our resources. Between the two of us, we can cover just about everything, from financial management to car repairs.
Fact or Fiction?
Although covered in hair or fur, dogs will only sweat between their paws. The only other mechanism to cool their body temperature is panting. They can easily breathe 300-400 times a minute while panting heavily, as opposed to their normal breathing rate of 30 -40 times per minute.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team