Starting a stress-free New Year

Different things cause stress for different people. To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can’t protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.

Some kids might think that an upcoming math test is a big deal, while others won’t give it a second thought. Being aware of what causes us stress is one step in learning how to handle it well.

Watch for trouble sleeping, changes in mood or an upset stomach. Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what’s bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles.

Check out our “Stress: No body needs it” and “Stress Busters” lessons to help your child identify and cope with stress.

If you’re looking for ways to help your teen, visit our newest program, Change to Chill at changetochill.org. This program provides free, easy-to-use information to help teens manage their stress in a healthy way.