Few experiences match the highs and lows of parenting, which can simultaneously deliver unthinkable joy and unthinkable exhaustion. Unfortunately, that exhaustion can have a detrimental impact on our physical and mental health, as can other parenting concerns. Below, we outline a few of the most significant physical dangers today’s parents face:
By far the greatest hazard of parenting during the first few months, sleep deprivation has a discernible physical and mental impact on drowsy parents. Those who struggle to rest may be more prone to problematic behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding or failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs. They may also be slower to respond to sudden hazards. Away from the road, sleep-deprived parents are more susceptible to illness, which they may unintentionally pass on to their vulnerable children. The good news? Sleep issues ease up after the first few months and parents quickly learn to cope with their new normal.
Even the most docile children can occasionally behave aggressively. They may be small, but kids can cause a lot more damage than most parents suspect — and these dangers are bound to become more severe as children grow. Depending on the child, aggression may manifest itself in kicking, hitting, biting, or scratching. The reasons behind these surprising acts of violence can vary; some children may be undiagnosed or untreated for significant mental health issues, while others may simply not understand how to appropriately channel their anger. Many cases of child-based violence occur in households in which the parents also exhibit physical aggression. No matter the cause, these issues must be dealt with promptly, as they cause significant physical and emotional suffering for all those affected.
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