Children today have fewer opportunities than any other generation to just relax. A study found that one in three children suffer from chronic stress. Chronic stress is showing up in younger and younger ages of children. Doctors are finding preschoolers that have ulcers, bite their fingernails, and getting tension-induced head or stomach aches.
Historians argue that from a national standpoint we live in a tension-free time, but kids today suffer from more stress resulting from the expectations that are expected of them. Children today suffer more stress than any other
a generation has had to in the past. A lot of times children are pressured by their parents to succeed in multiple areas of their life. This results in children having less downtime to just relax. This then gives the child no time to regroup, to do creative thinking, or to just relax. This can end up being a long-lasting problem for the child. Since a lot of parents
lead extremely busy lives themselves, if they see their kids doing less they feel they’re missing out on something.
Psychiatrist’s say though that if parents are busy it doesn’t mean their children have to be. If a child doesn’t have time to zone out they may end up doing it in school.
Temperament plays a huge role in how well a child handles stress. Children who have a hard time dealing with stress find it hard to handle an extracurricular activity or even day care.
Symptoms of stress can show up in a child’s behavior, moods or even as an illness. There may also be a change in the child’s eating habits, such as with an appearance of nervous habits. A child may show emotionally such as appear angry or withdrawn, hyperstimulated and depressed. Physical symptoms may include headaches, stomachaches, more frequent colds and other viral symptoms, a change in their sleep habits and the child may develop insomnia.
There are ways to help ease the stress in a childs day. The thing to remember is that you can’t eliminate all the pressure in your child’s life.
Being an involved parent will help because just knowing your available and providing a safe secure home will be a natural stress reducer for your child.
Show the child how to relax. If the parent shows the child that they can relax themselves, they will learn to that it’s alright for them to relax themselves.
Talk about the child’s day, ask the child specific questions about his day. Peer pressure is one of the top stressors for kids by asking questions, you may be able to decipher whether the child’s having problems fitting in.
Have fun with your child everyday, for fifteen minutes a day you will help relax the child.
Block out free time daily, maintain a routine, as much as, possible by making a routine you give a child a comforting sense of order and security, let the child be loud and rambunctious for a few minutes per day; this will help the child feel better, doing this gets the body moving and helps the child relax, reward the child when they cope well with their stess, not always when they misbehave, identify the source of the stress and help the child deal with it.
If a child exhibits stress symptoms for more than three to five days they may need help beyond the parent.
The top kid stressors are school, family worries, peer pressure, the world, the future, wondering if someone thinks their attractive, not having enough privacy, death of a sibling, moving to a new school, remarriage of a parent, not having enough money and having a teacher who doesn’t like them.
There are better ways to cope with stress, this depends on the child’s age, tempermant and the child’s interests. The best way to find out what’s good for your child is through trial and error. Children who learn coping skills and relaxation exercises, experience improvements in their grade point average, school attendence and overall behavior.
Relaxation tips that can be done with a child who is younger than four years of age are gentle rocking, soft singing, rhythmic movements, this is because children of this age like things that are predictable, so they know what’s coming
Children four to five years of age are best relaxed by imaginiative play because children this age like to act out their fears, whether it’s putting on a play or talking to an imaginary friend. This helps them practice how to handle tough experiences and situations in real life.
Children ages five to six are best relaxed by situations that make them silly. A child that’s laughing learns how to handle stressful situations by laughing at them and not taking them so seriously.
Children ages six to twelve are best relaxed by talking the situation out with someone, when talking to the child, repeat back what the child told you, this helps them know that you listened to what they were saying. This makesthem feel that what they were talking to you about, you took to be as serious as they think it is.
Whether your child is suffering from the stress of everyday life or serious stress the parent is the best ally in helping a child’s stress. The love of a parent provides the best stress reducer for a child and that is also the best medicine that the child could be given.Whether your child