Stress Free Zone
Identifying & Managing Your Child's Stress
Common Sources of Childhood Stress
Childhood stress is often caused by a reaction to outside sources such as family, friends, or school. It can also come from the child themselves. It can stem from what they should be doing versus what they are actually able to do.
Keep Healthy Stress from Becoming Distresss
- Spend time with your children.
- Give your kids a stable home environment. Negotiate home rules -- including consequences for rule breaking -- and stick to these rules.
- Monitor their eating habits.
- Don't just talk to your kids. Communicate with them. When children misbehave -- and they will -- try to understand their behavior instead of merely punishing it.
Tips to Reduce Your Child's Stress & Anxiety
Take Time to Breathe
Use meditation & breathing exercises to calm your child down. Play calming music. Color pictures.
Take Time to Laugh
Tell jokes. Watch something funny on TV. Make laughter sounds.
Together, write down or draw the good things that make your child happy.
Run. Ride bikes. Do yoga.
Use kind words. Praise.
Establish good routines. Make time for quiet activities & rest. Encourage good sleep habits.