We all know parenting is the toughest thing you’ll ever do, and local officials say they want to help El Paso parents who are overwhelmed.

If you are a parent who feels like they're drowning in responsibilities and you need to take a break from caring for your children, there are local organizations and programs that you can help you.

We work with the Child Crisis Center during our Easter basket and school supply drives. They are a wonderful resource for the community. They have a respite program that gives parents the chance to leave their baby at the center for a time during a crisis. They work with the El Paso Center for Children where parents with older children can get also get counseling and referred to services they may want or need to work through issues the family may be having.

The program’s director says they know that parents and families sometimes need help when problems become too big to handle on their own, so they encourage El Paso parents who feel that they have hit that last straw to call them for help.

The El Paso Center for Children is also working on offering a new program this summer called Parent Cafes that will allow parents to create a support network and talk with navigators who can connect families with different services in the area.

You can find out more about the El Paso Center for Children by calling 915-565-8361.

For more information about Child Crisis Center you can call 915-562-7955.