We all know what stress is and what it feels like. Many of us, as adults, can recognize what triggers our stress level to increase (deadlines, financial struggles) and what we can do to cope with our stress and manage it effectively. Young children, however, typically lack the life experience and skill to understand their stress or what to do about it.
A child, under stress, can be aggressive or detached, can cry or demonstrate nervous fine motor habits like twirling his hair or biting his nails. Increases in toileting accidents, sleep disruption and headaches and stomachaches can also point to potential stress in a child’s life.
What causes stress in children certainly varies. New siblings, birthday parties, or getting a new pet can be as problematic as hectic routines, being bullied, and struggles in school. Family challenges like deployment, unemployment, divorce, or financial challenges also affect children…especially if their families fail to cope with their own stress in positive ways. The holidays, with changes to a child’s regular routine, new decorations and lights, and a bombardment of advertisements promising happiness with the latest toy can be overwhelming.
So what are we to do, especially at this busy hectic time?
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