Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pressures on mums of preschoolers

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By Dr James Dobson

When there are children in the house, a wife needs her husband’s understanding more than ever.

No one works harder than a mother who has multiple preschool children. Not only does she have many responsibilities, she experiences an unusual kind of emotional stress as well.

Youngsters between two and five years of age have an uncanny ability to unravel an adult’s nervous system, with their constant talk and their endless questions.

Furthermore, they’re a perpetual danger to themselves and others throughout the day. Even if mum begins her morning with guarded optimism, by 4pm, the pressures often reduce her to a lump of play dough.

Is there anything the husband can do to make things easier? Well, I suggest he starts with a little understanding.

It’s a well-known fact that human beings tolerate stress much more easily if at least one other person know they’re enduring it. This is highly relevant to young mothers.

The frustrations of the day are much more manageable if husbands take time to comprehend them.

Even when a man can’t change the situation, his respect for his wife and his awareness of her difficulties make it easier for her to handle them again day after day.

From TODAY, Voices - Tuesday, 27-April-2010
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