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Children are not immune to
feeling the efects of stress
.
We
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
:
classwork,
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
children
.
Remember back to your
childhood
.
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
Irritability
When kids have
a hard time fguring things out
it can lead to frustration
.
Tis
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
.
Sleeplessness
Your
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
.
Another
symptom of sleeplessness could
be an increased incidence of
nightmares
.
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
.
Withdrawal
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
.
Whining
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
Kids
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
.
Trying
to live up to expectations placed
on them can be a catalyst for
stress
.
Talk to your child
.
Assure
them that you want to help them
avoid stress as much as possible
.