But it affects kids, too, and can interfere with learning.

In his book, I Hate School! Some Commonsense Answers for Parents Who Wonder Why, Jim Grant says that children suffering from stress:

  • Cry easily and frequently
  • Tire quickly, especially after lunch; need naps after school
  • Need constant reassurance and praise
  • Become withdrawn and shy
  • Develop a nervous tic like coughing, chewing a finger, fidgeting with hair, rapidly blinking eyes
  • Suck on fingers
  • Lie or stretch the truth
  • Revert to soiling their clothes
  • Make constant body move-mentsêrocking back and forth, kicking one leg, tapping a finger
  • Dawdle.

If your child shows several of these symptoms, you should talk with a teacher or counselor.

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