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8 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Stress

May 5, 20149 min
Stress can be found in child as much as it is in adults, how do you know when to help your child?Stress happens in your world weather you want it to or not. Stress can come from work, school or relationships. You may think that adults are the ones who are only capable of becoming stressed and that your child's life is happy and carefree. Stress can come from within and can easily be found in child as much as it is in adults.Children who first leave home to go to school can go through separation, can be bullied or have a harder time following school curriculum, causing stress..How do you help your child if you're noticing signs of stress?It's important that you set up a healthy, positive environment, starting with the food your child is eating. The food they eat, just like the food you eat helps fuel their body and brain to get through a busy day.Another important tip is to make sure your child is getting enough sleep. Even though they may argue about what time they want to go to bed, children and teenagers require more sleep than adults.A way to help your child reduce stress is through physical activity. This can vary depending on how old your child is. This can be as simple as riding bikes after school or playing in a park district sports league.There's no denying that children are observers of their environment, which means whatever you do, your child is likely to mimic those habits. If you handle stress badly by becoming overly frustrated and upset, your child will think that's the proper way to deal with stress.What about the use of technology?Even though your child may have to use the computer for homework, it's still important that you limit the amount of technology your child is using. Overuse of cell phones and social networking can disrupt sleep, cause distractions and limit physical activity.What are other ways to help your child cope with stress?Adelle Cadieux, PsyD, joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss why your kids are so stressed and eight ways to help your child cope with stress.8 Ways to help your child cope with stress

Provide your child with healthy meals and snacks

Help your child get adequate sleep

Be active as a family together

Parents model good coping

Help children learn from their experiences

Have clear limits and expectations

Reduce technology for kids and for parents

Maintain a schedule that helps to balance demands.

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