Health Tip: Protect Kids From Stress
(HealthDay News) -- Stress is an unavoidable part of life, even for young children. But parents can take steps to help children learn to deal with it in a healthy way.
The Nemours Foundation lists these suggestions for helping kids cope:
Make sure your child eats nutritious foods and gets plenty of rest, and that you enjoy quality time with your kids every day -- make sure they know you're there to talk and share fun activities together.
Talk to your child about what's causing the stress and ways to deal with it, such as doing fewer after-school activities, writing in a journal or developing a regular exercise routine.
Try to prepare your child for stressful situations, such as giving the child advance notice of a doctor's appointment and what it will involve.
Reassure your child that their emotions (anger, fear, anxiety, etc.) are normal, and you're confident in their ability to handle their situations.