It’s tempting for us to remember childhood as an idyllic time. Sometimes, we adults think that since children don’t have to worry about paying the bills, keeping a job, cleaning the house, and so forth, they can’t possibly have any problems.
We KNOW this is absolutely NOT TRUE! Pick up a paper or watch the news – bullying, school shootings, competition in almost aspect of their lives today. Children today are dealing with stressful situations we never even dreamed of when we were their age. And they need your help to deal with it.
Children do not have the coping mechanisms, born of experience and maturity, that adults do. This is why seemingly small things can be very upsetting to children. So be patient and learn to recognize your kids’ stress and help them cope. Here are some things to look for and some tips on helping them deal with their stress.
Stressed children may exhibit physical symptoms, such as diarrhea, hives or rashes, restless sleep, changes in appetite and /or nausea.