Single parent stress syndrome is a mental health challenge. The stress you are facing will affect your health and sour your mood, even in your best circumstances and that isn\u2019t a good thing. You want to be able to enjoy your life too even if you are a single parent. \r\n\r\nAlthough some stress is impossible to avoid, you can still minimise it. At least two person\u2019s work is done by every single parent, and there will be some kind of shortfalls. Nobody is perfect, and you can reduce stress by identifying what triggers it. \r\n\r\n\r\nHere are some ways for single parents to fight stress.\r\n\r\n \t\r\n Discipline\r\n\r\n\r\nBe consistent on disciplining your children. Children will thrive better when they know what is expected of them and the rules which they need to follow. If you hire any nannies or caregivers, talk to them about what you expect your child to behave and to be disciplined.\r\n\r\n \t\r\n Spend time with your children\r\n\r\n\r\nI know that most of you single parents are really busy but what is more important than spending time with your kids? Spend some time reading to your kids, play, watch movies or simply listening to music together.\r\n\r\n \t\r\n Stay positive\r\n\r\n\r\nStaying positive is the key to happiness. Trust me. Positivity does wonder. It\u2019s easy for single parents to be buried under so much pressure and all the responsibilities. You can try exercising regularly, meditate and also maintain a balanced diet.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \t\r\n Pamper yourself\r\n\r\n\r\nAt the same time, it is important to pamper yourself. Take some time off and do something you enjoy. Even the simplest things can make you happy, such as reading and listening to some classical music. Drink a glass of wine, and you\u2019ll definitely feel a whole lot more happier. \r\n\r\n \t\r\n Allow your kids to be kids\r\n\r\n\r\nMany single parents rely on their children for support because they don\u2019t really have anyone to rely on. But if you do so, you are just using them as an emotional crutch. They don\u2019t have to experience all these adult problems. Go out and spend time with your little ones, focus on letting your kids be kids.\r\n\r\n \t\r\n Stop feeling guilty\r\n\r\n\r\nFeeling guilty is one of the main trap of single parents. They always feel guilty for their children. They always feel like they can\u2019t provide their children with everything they want. Parents, please don\u2019t feel this way. Just focus on what you are able to provide your child with, and this will also help you recognise ways to take care of your family.\r\n\r\nDear parents, you are all amazing. Do not feel guilty for the bad things that you are facing right now. Your child wants to see a happy and non-stressful mother or father. Trust me, better days will come, and you will eventually be happier.\r\n\r\nVisit Motherhood.com.my\u00a0for more parenting tips.