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Children are not immune to
feeling the efects of stress
ofen overlook the signs because
we don
t expect to see it
If you
suspect that something is wrong
with your child, here are some of
the symptoms
It is not a myth that kids sufer
from stress
Tink of all that they
have to deal with
school activities, friends and
growing up
Going through the
changes that occur with each age
level can bring about enough
anxiety to lead to stress in
Remember back to your
What did you worry
about? Many of the issues you
dealt with may not have even
involved books but friends, self
image and the opposite sex
Here are some
ways to recognize
stress in kids.
Symptoms of Stress
When kids have
a hard time fguring things out
it can lead to frustration
may show itself in the simplest
of tasks at home
Afer only one
try, they may throw their toy or
project aside and storm of
child may wake up early in
the morning or come to the
breakfast table with dark circles
around their eyes
Tis is more
than likely not because they
are staying up to play video
games, but because stress is
leading to insomnia
symptom of sleeplessness could
be an increased incidence of
Change in appetite
Kids love to eat
If your child
is showing less than their usual
interest in meals or they skip
meals due to a stomach ache it
could be stress related
Stress can
lead to a withdrawal from
friends or pleasurable activities
Kids rarely stay inside if they
have a good reason to be outside
Dropping grades
Tis is almost a sure sign
that something has changed
especially if your child is used to
gaining high marks
Talking to a
teacher may shed some light on
the cause
Also, check their book
bag for hidden test papers with
low grades that they may have
been keeping from you
Kids may do
some of that but as they assert
their independence, less and less
is exhibited
A child who seems
needier than normal could have
a stress issue
Mood swings
experience these too
A generally
happy child may become angry
or manic for no reason
If the
change continues to occur, they
may be overwhelmed in some
area of their lives
Children are people pleasers
Tey do not want to disappoint
parents or their teachers
to live up to expectations placed
on them can be a catalyst for
Talk to your child
them that you want to help them
avoid stress as much as possible