Us parents like to think of our children as relatively chilled out, happy go lucky individuals. Sure, they have the odd fight with a friend or get a bit nervous before a test, but once those things are dealt with we imagine they go back to their normal, carefree selves. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. As much as we hate to admit it, our kids deal with stress just like we do. Of course, theirs’ usually has a different cause, but it’s just as damaging. To help keep your children happy and healthy, here are ten sources of stress you should help them to manage.
- High Academic Pressures
Just like work likely causes you to stress, a school does the same to most children. Of course, there are some that never worry about it at all, but others spend hours completing homework, revision, and more to keep their grades up. It’s vital that your children understand the importance of their education, but you should also teach them that taking care of themselves should be the priority. This means making time to eat healthy meals, sleep, and take breaks to have some fun.
- Teasing And Bullying
Children can start to face peer pressure and bullying from a very young age. The things they may deal with probably won’t be as serious as some of the cases you see online and on the news, but they will be just as upsetting to your little one. For this reason, you need to make sure that your child knows that you’re always there if they ever want to talk about anything. Unfortunately, you can’t force them to confide in you, but, hopefully, in time, they will feel comfortable enough to.
- Fighting Among Parents
Most children hate the idea of their parents splitting up, but, if you and your partner are constantly fighting, then this is going to cause even more damage. Because of this, you should make sure that you keep your children out of arguments and try to resolve them calmly. If this isn’t possible, and you need to split up, then finding a divorce law firm can eliminate any further fighting between you two. Be honest with your child throughout this process, or they may feel lied to.
- Moving Somewhere New
Children feel their most secure when they have structure and a constant routine. With that in mind, they tend to struggle with change, especially particularly significant ones, like moving house and school. To make this process easier on your kids, you should let them know what’s happening as early as you can. This gives them time to get used to the idea before you leave. You should also help them to say goodbye any friends and family you have to leave behind.
- Loved One’s Passing
Whether it be a family member, beloved pet, or close friend, no one, least of all children, wants to lose someone that they love. This is an incredibly confusing experience for anyone, so it’s only natural that your child would feel stressed. Explaining death to a child can be tough, especially when the death affects you too, but you should try to pick your words carefully. In such an emotional time, it’s easy to create further upset, which is the last thing either of you needs.
- Birth Of Sibling
These days, most families are made up of more than one child, making it likely that your little one will gain a new baby sibling at some point in the future. This can cause a lot of worry for a child when they realize that they’ll have to share your time, attention, and affection. You can ease your little one into this change by giving them plenty of notice about the new addition. You should also emphasize all of the good that will come from having a sibling, like being able to play together.
- Lack Of Sleep
As funny and beautiful as new babies are, no one can deny that they are loud too, especially throughout the night. This, combined with the stress of having a new sibling can keep your child awake at night, causing even more stress the next day. The best way to combat this issue is having the new baby sleep in your bedroom. It also helps to create a nighttime routine for everyone to follow. This way, it’s more likely that everyone will get a good night’s sleep.
- Follow Tight Schedules
Routines are necessary, but tight schedules and itineraries are a whole different ball game. Most children have a lot to do throughout the week, including school, homework, after-school activities, sports, and much more. You want your child to be active and well-rounded, but having them go from place to place and activity to activity can leave them exhausted. They need time to have a break. Because of this, you may want to reduce the number of things on your child’s agenda.
- Struggling For Money
When most parents imagine the things their children are stressed about, very few would believe that, like them, their kids have money worries. However, if you discuss debts or lack of money in front of your child, they will pick up on it and become more conscious of your spending and finances. To avoid this, you should steer clear of the topic in front of little ones. Of course, you can teach your children the value of money, but there’s no use in worrying them unnecessarily.
- Viewing Adult Content
With more and more children being given phones, tablets, and other devices for birthdays and Christmases, it’s no surprise that so many are getting ahold of content that little eyes and ears shouldn’t need to see. Today’s new stories can terrify even the strongest of adults, so it’s vital that you filter what your child can view and turn on parental controls. You shouldn’t shelter your children completely, but you should explain the world in a way that is suitable for them.
Stress is just as real for kids as it is for us adults, so remember the sources of stress listed above and help your children to manage their worries.
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