Stress in children: How it takes a toll on your little ones? (Part-2)
Some ways to help your child manage stress
Here is how you can help your kids manage stress successfully.
Being overscheduled is one of the biggest stressors for little ones. When parents expect too much from their child and force them to stay on top in school, excel at extracurricular activities, then go to the tuitions, come back home and do the homework, go to bed in time, and do the same day in and day out.
Kids need downtime to refresh their minds, growing little brain and body needs rest. As a parent, you need to realize when your kids are getting stressed, and when they need rest.
Realize the importance of play
Promote a fun and learn environment at your home and make sure that your kids get involved in some physical activities. Cycling, running, or some sports activities are a great way to keep your kids happy while ensuring better health. Also, you need to ensure that your kids don't live a sedentary lifestyle, it can cause various diseases such as obesity.
Manage your own stress and conflicts
Those who live a stressed life can't teach how to manage stress. It is a mere fact that when parents are stressed, kids are stressed too. In addition, when parents fight in front of their kids, the stress in children is sure to skyrocket. It is advisable for parents to manage their conflicts in person instead of arguing and shouting in the presence of their children.
Don't leave your kids alone for long
Working parents have a busy schedule, and this can force parents to leave their kids alone or with a caretaker. When kids spend too much time without their parents, they can feel unloved and neglected. The presence of parents matters a lot, you can have a family dinner, plan a movie together, and always ensure that you spend some quality time with your little ones.
Quality sleep is important
Good night's sleep works as a stress-buster for kids as well as adults. When your kids don't get enough sleep, it can adversely affect their mood, it can reduce their performance in school, and this is another sign that they are overscheduled. Create an environment that promotes comfortable and relaxing sleep for kids.
Help kids to deal with mistakes
The fear of making mistakes is something that invites stress in kids. Let your kids know that they don't need to be perfect every time and mistakes are common. Teach your kids how to recover from a bad decision and show them the right path.
Stress in children is common but it doesn't mean it should be neglected. Realize when your kids are dealing with stress and take the right actions.
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