Stress is something many people identify with as adults, but children and teenagers also deal with quite a bit of it. You might notice your child acting out in a number of different ways, and have no idea that they are actually dealing with stress. Here are some common causes, signs, and remedies for kids with stress.
What Causes Childhood Stress?
Before you can figure out the best way to help your kids with their stress, it helps to understand the possible causes. Even when you feel like your kids have an easy, carefree life, there are many things that can lead to stress. Some examples include:
Changes at home or in the family
If you and your spouse are getting a divorce, there are problems with other siblings at home, or you moved recently, these can all be big sources of stress for your kids.
Problems with friends or bullies at school
Bullies and friend issues are very common among kids of all ages. This is something to talk to your kids about.
Homework or school stress
Children of all ages experience stress at school when it comes down to what they are learning and getting homework done. If your kids’ grades are slipping, talk to their teaches to see if you can figure out what the problem is.
Too much pressure
Sometimes, kids feel a lot of pressure when they are learning something new. With things like after school activities, such as piano or a physical sport, ensure your child still enjoys it and isn’t trying to be too competitive. This can lead to pressure and a lot of stress for them.
How to Help Your Kids Cope with Stress
It can cause more stress on you when you realize your kids might be dealing with these tough issues, but the good news is there are many ways you can help your kids. Both in things you can do for them, and ways to teach them how to cope on their own.
Talk and Listen.
Always be the person in your kids’ life who will listen to them, no matter what. Make time for them, allow them to be open and honest, and never pass judgment or ridicule. Just knowing they can talk to you might make all the difference.
Seek Professional Help.
If there are big changes or bullying issues, talking to a counselor or child psychologist might be best. Kids don’t always want to tell their parents personal problems, but will talk to someone educated in this department.
Give Them Time to Adjust.
Sometimes, you just need to be patient and let your children adjust to new changes in their life. Keep talking to them, but don’t push them to talk about what they’re not ready for. Kids also need space to work through their own emotions.