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Kids Have Stress Too! Tips for Parents

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

Have you ever stopped to look at your child’s life from their perspective? A lot of demands are placed on your child such as homework, extra-curricular activities, chores and relationships.

Parents play an important role in teaching children how to manage their stress.

Here are some ways you can help them cope:

  • Stop, look and listen to your children. Children develop trust through positive experience with their parents.
  • Give children opportunities to talk about their everyday stresses. Allow them to discuss how they might solve their problems.
  • Teach children words to describe their emotions. Use words such as "I feel angry" or "I am sad when this happens," or "I'm afraid." Problems have feelings attached and children who can talk about their feelings can solve their problems better.
  • Watch for changes in behaviour. Stress can show up as headaches, stomach aches or changes in appetite and/or sleeping patterns.
  • Create a home that is less stressful. Children need guidance to manage their time such as homework and sleep. Children need regular fun, physical activity and nutritious meals and snacks.
  • Be a good role model for healthy ways you manage your stress. Children learn a lot from their parents.
  • Teach your children how to manage uncomfortable feelings better. Stretching, visualization, quiet time and physical or creative activity can help reduce stress.
  • Promote positive thoughts. Teach them to reframe negative thoughts. Children respond better to problems when they have confidence in themselves and have a positive outlook on life.