Children experience more and more stress at school. They are under much more pressure than there was on students in the past. They have to finish homework, study for different tests, and then of course there also is the social aspect of it all which is difficult. Children pay a lot of attention to friends at school, but as many people know, children are not always nice to each other.
This can cause your child to experience stress. How do you deal with this as a parent, or how can you make it so that the stress reduces? This article helps you to recognize the basic principles of stress.
If your child experiences stress, you will notice that he/she is restless in many cases. This can show itself differently depending on the child, but generally, most children suffer from internal stress. This means that the symptoms generally play our internally, and that they are difficult to see as a parent.
Some children then focus fully on their school work. For example, they work for hours on end on that one test. Furthermore, you will notice that your child is restless emotionally, more so than in the past, because he or she experiences stress. For example, he/she starts to cry more often, or suddenly becomes verbally aggressive.
In short, you notice a difference in the behavior of the child. It also depends on if the child is a boy or a girl experiencing stress. A boy is more likely to misbehave, and a girl is more likely to become quiet and try to solve the problem internally.
In some cases, stress can also show itself physically. For example, you might have a stomach inflammation because the stress has gathered there. In youths and children, this can also occur. Children who experience a lot of stress fall ill more easily and also have more physical complaints.
15 Minutes 4 Me developed an online self-help program which can also help children in dealing with stress, or can help parents with guiding their child in stress. The program gives tips and explains how you can best deal with stress.
Children who want to follow the program themselves and are older than 12 years of age, can follow the program, with some possible help from their parents now and again.
Would you like to know if it is possible that your child experiences stress at school, or that you experience stress because of that, too? Then take our free online stress test here!