5 Ways for Helping Your Child Manage Stress


Most parents consider childhood the most carefree time of one’s life. Many look back to their own and reminisce how problem-free it was. It becomes a problem when parents then fail to recognize that a child’s life is not all that peachy. There are stressors that a child encounter on a regular basis. And unlike adults, they may not know how to cope.

The following list should give you an idea on how you can help your child deal with stress. Keep in mind that every child is different and only you can say what’s the best approach.

1. A big part of helping your child deal with stress is being able to identify its presence. 
 
If you are familiar with your child and his or her usual demeanor, you will have an easier time telling if something is off. For example, a child who’s usually bubbly and upbeat suddenly going quiet and somber should raise some red flags. This level of familiarity is more important for those with younger kids. Many small children are still not quite adept at expressing their feelings and you have to exert some effort in coaxing it out of them. By asking the right questions when you suspect something, you stand a better chance at finding the cause of the problem. Another benefit is that problems get addressed early and not when it’s too late and they have run their course.

2. Sympathy goes a long way. 
 
When dealing with a stressed child, try to put things into the proper perspective. You might think that some things are not supposed to be stressful, but a child may not see it that way. Even seemingly simple problems like getting picked last during recess games may seem like the end of the world to some kids. They are starting to develop their social interaction skills at this crucial time and a parent’s assurance is invaluable.

3. Foster an open relationship with your child. 
 
Yes, you still have to be the authority figure at home, but an air of friendliness never hurts – especially at the right times. By being approachable, your child is more likely to come to you when something is wrong.

4. Get into a healthy diversion with your child. 
 
Hobbies and sports are a great way to bond and let off some steam. By engaging in worthwhile activities together, you forge a stronger and healthier relationship with your child. A common interest will make the two of you closer and your child will have an easier time opening up about things that bother him or her.

5. Learn when to step in. 
 
One of the most common sources of stress for a child is bullying. It’s quite concerning that as high as 77% of all students have experienced a type of bullying at one time or another. Of these, 14% had a severe reaction to the stress they felt. Some kids are powerless to stop the torment and they need help in dealing with it. If you feel that your child is a victim, don’t be afraid to take action and help.

The ability to help your child through troubled times is a requirement for passing Parenting 101. You have to understand that one has to go through hardships in order to get stronger. And by getting through harder and harder trials, one gets to grow up and mature.

A toddler has to contend with learning how to walk and potty training. As a kid, he or she needs to adjust to unfamiliar surroundings when going to school for the first time. Before you know it, they are getting all worked up about dating. And adult problems like jobs and managing credit card debt are not far behind.

The thing you have to keep in mind about stress is that it can never be avoided. What separates the healthy individuals from the mental wrecks is the ability to deal with it. Think of helping your child learn how to cope with stress as giving them armor. Armor that lets them thrive in the midst of adversity.
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