Every parent stresses from time to time. Life provides a large dose of pressure and stress is inevitable. So, what can you do to handle the pressure? You need to fill your gas tank. No, not your car's gas tank - you're own gas tank. You need to make sure that you are getting plenty of rest, relaxation and fun. You've got to have gas in your tank to be able to provide for your children. Mothers are especially bad about running on empty. Women typically give and give and give. They give to their children, their spouses, friends, family, job, etc. You get the picture. Usually women are last on their list. In order to be able to give to others, we need to give to ourselves. I like to get together with girlfriends, spend some quiet time reading or having a few hours alone. Make sure you are on your list. As a mother, I realize that it is unrealistic to put ourselves first on the list, but perhaps we could be up there where we get to ourselves daily. Hmmm, how am I going to fill my gas tank today? Perhaps I'll watch Dancing with the Stars tonight. How will you put more gas in your tank today?