Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Kid's Can Have Stress, Too!

As parents, we often think " How can a child be stressed out? They have nothing to worry about!"

I am just as guilty of this same thought as anyone else!

In truth, though, kids do get stressed, over various things! What may seem unimportant to us, or things we don't feel are worth getting stressed over, could be very stressful to our children.

There are many things that could be causing our children to be stressed, for both children with diabetes, and those without.

Pressure is often something children get stressed about. Pressure can come from family, friends, or even theirselves! Other things that can cause children to be stressed are:
  • Parents being stressed (yep, you may try to hide it, but our kids can tell!!)
  • Pressure to succeed
  • Peer-pressure
  • Parents going through a divorce
  • Being teased in school
  • Separation anxiety
  • Loss of a loved one
  • An arguement with a parent or sibling
  • being ill
Many other things, including those listed above, could be stressing our children out at any given moment.

It is important to teach our children, especially those with diabetes, how to manage and handle stress properly. Some children, when under stress, may "act out" or "lash out". Observe your child's behavior, and talk to them about what is really bothering them. Get to the root of the problem, so you can help him or her find a solution.

There is a great article on the Center for Effective Parenting website that you can check out for tips on how to help your child handle stress. The article is titled, "Helping Children Cope with Stress".

Children with diabetes, especially, need to learn how to cope with stress properly, in order to help them maintain good blood sugars.

How do  you help your children cope with stress?

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