1. Realize that a certain amount of stress is normal and even necessary. Stress hormones are released inside your body to help you have the energy to survive harmful situations. However, having too much stress and over a long period of time can have negative affects both mentally and physically.
2. Help your child recognize stress. Many children do not know how to recognize stress. Understanding their emotions can be difficult. Help your children know how to use their words, rather than behaviors to portray emotions. When your child knows how to recognize her emotions and identify when she is stressed, that will help with the next step: relieving stress.
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4. Help your child learn to deal with mistakes. Encourage your children to continue trying new or difficult things. Help them see what they learned from the experience and how to improve the next time. Focus on their strengths and the things that are in their control. Show them that mistakes are not the end of the world.
5. Relieve your own stress. If you are stressed as a parent, that will have any effect on your child. Set an example to your children of how you slow down and relax during stressful times. There are many different ways to relieve stress: exercise, meditation, reading, or even coloring! Find what works best for you!
Stress management is a crucial life skill to learn as a parent and to teach your children, but it can be challenging. Don’t be afraid to ask for help; sometimes you may need to seek outside help from a trained professional. Continue to pay attention to the signs of stress in your child and create a plan to help them. Gradually, your children will learn to manage the future stressors in their lives.
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