Children and stress, does it always have to be this way? No, of course not and I’m sure there are many people out there who would say that they did not find having children stressful at all (I’d like to meet one of them, wouldn’t you?).
Unfortunately for many of us the various life stages present their own unique challenges to everyone within the family and the trick is knowing how to minimize the negatives.
As children grow, they also go through different emotional stages and each stage brings its own stresses, not only for the child but for those around them too.
One of the major worries parents have is that they feel anxious that they are not doing enough to bring their children up in a happy, healthy environment.
Giving them all the best things in life and providing them with opportunities for a happy and successful life. However studies have shown that there are really only two things which have any real bearing on family happiness:
All of the above may sound like common sense or even pie in the sky, but believe me, they are simple to implement (with patience and time) and will reduce family stress in the long run.
I remember when I was growing up there were constant rows about playing music too loud, coming home late, not doing homework etc etc. The house seemed like a constant battle field and my parents were the enemy. Now I am all grown up I realize just how stressed and worried my parents must have been and yes, I do feel ashamed.
In my defense I was going through some major changes and stresses in my life too:
So going through adolescence as you can see is not only stressful for the child but also the parents too and this is why arguments are probably at there most hostile at this time in family life. There is however one way both parents and the adolescent can make the situation easier, Communication.
Yes, good old talking through issues with your parents or with your child is so over looked, but can prevent so many conflicts which when you look back on are trivial.
Children and stress should not be two words that are automatically associated with each other and if the tips above are carried out then it should be less of an issue.Stress Relief WS › Causes of Stress › Children and Stress