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News: November 14, 2009

Helping Children Cope With Stress

November 14, 2009

As adults we think of childhood as being happy and carefree, however today our world is different. What kinds of stress do children experience? Children in today's world have many concerns. Typical stresses would include school work and socialization however, the stress doesn't stop there for today's modern children.

Many stressors today come from financial burdens with the recession. Many children might have experienced a parent getting laid off and trying to make ends meet on the home front while others are worried that their parents may lose their jobs.

World news can cause stress. Kids who see disturbing images on TV or hear talk of natural disasters, war, and terrorism may worry about their own safety and that of the people they love. It is important to talk and listen to your kids about what they see and hear, and monitor what they watch on TV so that you can help them understand what's going on.

To decrease a child's stress, adults need to watch how they deal with their own stress. It's important to remember that children are imitators and often may cope with stress the same way they see adults handle their stress. So be sure to set a positive example in front of your children.

Get involved! Being an involved parent will help because just knowing your available and providing a safe secure home will be a natural stress reducer for your child. Be sure to set aside free time daily, maintain a routine, as much as, possible by making a routine you give a child a comforting sense of order and security.

It is important parents talk to their children. Don't tell children to stop stressing, ask them why they are stressing and how you can help. Stress is normal, and talking about it helps normalize a stressful situation.

Other ways you can help your child deal with stress is get them involved with martial arts, yoga, or exercise. Having a place to help them physical release stress is not only helpful it is healthy. Teaching them relaxation techniques can be helpful for them and beneficial for the entire family.


Our children have more and more stress in today's world and helping children cope with stress can help a parent deal with their own stress as well. Take control of stress by making a point to be open and honest about it. Everyone will benefit.



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Our cut little and cuddly cats that purr at us and give us so much love seems be susceptible to catch the swine flu. In fact, a cat in Iowa has tested positive for the H1N1 virus, state officials confirmed this morning, "marking the first time a cat has been diagnosed with this strain of influenza," the association said in a statement.  "The cat, which has recovered, is believed to have caught the virus from someone in the household who was sick with H1N1. There are no ...

November 19, 2009 | Embryonic Stem Cells May Be Used To Create New Skin

Boston (SmartAboutHealth) - A new study out of France has revealed that embryonic stem cells may be used to actually create new skin for humans.  The belief is that by using these embryonic stem cells to create new skin, that it could prove extremely helpful in the treatment of burn victims.  Burn victims usually ...

November 18, 2009 | Back Pain Linked To Everyday Activites

While that occasional back pain may go away after some rest and pain medication, many back pain sufferers are not aware that everyday activities - from wearing high heels to long work hours - can repeatedly strain the spine may lead to more serious consequences later. According to White Plains based neurosurgeon Dr. Jack Stern, M.D., Ph.D., some activities that repeatedly strain the spine may eventually lead to a herniated disc that can require surgery. However, ...

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