Kids Have Stress, Too!
They may not wring their hands, yell or furrow their brows, but kids do experience stress, just like adults. Childhood may not be one big picnic for all kids, all the time. And just like adults, kids need healthy ways to relieve stress and relax. A calm, stable and reliable environment can prevent stress in small kids. But how do you know when they've had enough and need to decompress? Obviously, a tantrum will tell you something's wrong with your child, but there are other more subtle ways kids express their need to blow off steam.Look for a child who is doing something out of the ordinary - and possibly destructive. Plucking clothes off hangers in their closet, destroying toys, unrolling the entire toilet paper roll...these behaviors might indicate that your little one is stressing about something. At preschool age, stress may start to manifest itself physically in the form of headaches, stomachaches and even bedwetting. Communicating with kids and empathizing with them - perhaps articulating their concerns and demonstrating that you understand - can go a long way in preventing and relieving stress.