How Can I Help My Child Deal With Stress?

Win Win Parenting 

Dear Dr Rosina, How can I help my child deal with stress?

Stress is a normal reaction to life’s challenges. Helping children overcome it will empower them to tackle obstacles they encounter with courage and confidence.

Here are three tools that can help:

1. Be a good role-model. When it comes to managing your stress – children look to their parents for guidance.

2. Teach calming techniques. Help children learn to slow and deepen their breath when they’re feeling stressed. 

3. Encourage positive self-talk. Create an empowering mantra that children can repeat to themselves when they feel worried, like: “I’m OK, everything is fine, I can get the help I need, I’ve been successful before and I’ll do it again.”

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