How to help children deal with stress
We parents are not the only ones facing stressful situations. Our children also experience stress: stress with transitions in their households, stress at school with friendships or academic challenges, stress related to medical situations. An urbanMama recently emailed, seeking your suggestions for stress-reducing activities for her daughter:
My six-year-old daughter is going through some tough medical issues right now. I think we’re hooked up with the right medical providers, but she is understandably stressed. So I was trying to think about what to do for a stressed-out kiddo. Good food—check. Good sleep—check. Cleared my schedule to make life less rushed for her—check. Organized her room and am making an effort to keep the house tidy—check. What else? I’d love to hear suggestions about ways to help kids relax. My only thought so far was massage, but I think I’d have to find just the right provider since otherwise it would just be one more stressful appointment with a stranger. So if anyone knows of a masseuse who works with kids, or has other ideas about techniques for reducing and coping with stress, that would be great.