Young children who are able to handle stress well have a high level of self-esteem, a perceived sense of control, a consistent family life that imposes rules and limits, and open communication with parents and other family members. Continue reading
Even though children shouldn’t have to worry about money, family financial problems often adversely affect kids. The most beneficial thing parents can do to alleviate stress on children is to reinforce that they will be loved and cared for no matter what happens.
Sporting events are not supposed to cause excess stress and anxiety. On the contrary, they are supposed to be recreational and fun. Evenly balancing stress levels in competitive sports is the key to helping a child receive the positive gains that sporting activities can afford them. Continue reading
Teenage years can be tough. Teenagers are old enough to recognize difficult situations, but too immature to always deal with them effectively. Parents can help by providing resources that teach teens to cope with stress. This can be a challenge to parents during these trying years, but this is the time when your teen needs to know that you really love them no matter what. Even if they appear to shun your affection, they really want and appreciate it.
Although a certain amount of anxiety is natural, parents often perpetuate performance anxiety by setting standards that are too high for their children. Teens suffering from performance anxiety may have problems including low self-esteem and higher incidences of alcohol and drug abuse.