I have been super stressed lately, and I thought I was doing a good job hiding that from my kids... until my son made a comment that opened my eyes. These methods have helped my to stop stress-parenting!
Teach your toddler to meditate with these 5 fun games. http://dailymom.com/nurture/teach-your-toddler-to-meditate-with-these-5-fun-games/ Studies have shown that meditation has a number of benefits for kids including a reduction in stress, a strengthened immune system, improved relationships and behavior and better memory and concentration. This post describes five simple relaxation games that you can play with your toddler.
I often had to stand in a long line, out in the wind and rain at the foodbank and work extra hours, because I often didn't get the ordered child support. I was often under a lot of stress, lacking sleep, and then dealing with a special needs child. Life wasn't always easy, but i did my best.