Aside from the typical demands of homework and chores, here are some other things that may contribute to your child’s stress:
- Bodily changes brought on by puberty.
- Problems with friends.
- Tension in the family.
- Changing schools or moving.
- Too many activities.
Whatever may be causing your child’s stress, it’s important that she learn to manage it. Children who cope poorly with stress may become anxious, withdrawn, physically ill or aggressive.
Here’s how you can help:
- Keep an eye on how stress impacts her health or behavior.
- Support her involvement in positive social activities.
- Listen to her when she talks.
- Encourage her to eat and exercise regularly.
- Limit her caffeine intake.
- Help her break big tasks—such as research papers—into small, manageable parts.
By offering your child these suggestions—and simply by being there for her—you’ll be giving her the support she needs to handle the inevitable stresses that come her way.
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