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August 10, 2010
As adults, we deal with many “stressors” in our daily lives. But, did you know the stress we go through can impact our children as well? In addition, children can face their own stressors and we, as parents, may not even realize it.
There are different life events that may cause your child to carry stress. These might include starting a new school or child care program, a pending move, welcoming a new sibling, making new friends or adjusting to a new home life. The absence of a parent through separation, divorce, military deployment or death may also trigger stress. No matter what stress your child is facing, you will want to help him or her through it.
We’ve listed some behaviors below that you might see as a result of the stress your child is feeling, as well as what you can do to help your child through the stressful times.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services encourage teaching children positive coping strategies. This can be accomplished through a variety of items referred to as a safety net. Here are a few examples:
Be someone your child can lean on, regardless of his/her age. Here are some ways to help your child cope with stress:
Signs of stress in younger children
Adapted from “Helping Children Cope with Stress” by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/fcs/pdfs/fcs457.pdf.
Stress and Young Children
Kid’s Health - Childhood Stress
Prepare Respond Recover
Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning