Everyone struggles with stress from time to time. Finances and work stresses are the most common, and often go hand-in-hand. You may think that you are putting on a brave face in front of your family, but kids are perceptive and can pick up on your mood. There are almost always signs your work stress is impacting your kids, even if you think that they don't notice.
When I was a little girl, I could always tell when my dad was stressed out at work. Sometimes, it was because he wasn't getting enough overtime, and other times it was because he'd been working several consecutive 60-hour work weeks. I knew, just by the look on his face as he walked through the door, which were good days and which were bad. I tried really hard not to interrupt him as he relaxed in front of the television to ask for field trip money or remind him of my club dues on the bad days. To say that his work stress impacted me was an understatement.
Are you bringing home your work stresses? It's important to look for signs that your kids are being impacted by your personal stress so that you can take some steps to prevent it from happening in the future.