3 Ways Parents Can Help Children and Teens Manage Stress – Child Therapist Wooster, OH
Angela Earley August 23, 2023
Child Therapist Wooster, OH
1) Promote Healthy Coping by Modeling It
Parents and caregivers should engage in conversations with children and teens about how they've handled their own stressful situations. By sharing personal experiences, they can learn from your approaches to dealing with challenges.
2) Encourage Children and Teens to Be Problem-Solvers
Although it's instinctive for parents to want to solve every problem their child faces, it's essential to allow children to tackle minor issues on their own. By doing so, they can develop essential coping skills and grow more confident in handling stress and setbacks.
3) Address Negative Thinking Patterns
It can be easy for children and teens to fall into the trap of negative self-talk, undermining their self-esteem. To help change their negative thinking, parents can ask them to reflect on the validity of their statements or remind them of past instances where they've overcome challenges. Encouraging a positive mindset by reframing their perspective will enable them to develop resilience in the face of stress.
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American Psychological Association. “How to help children and teens manage their stress". Oct 19, 2022. https://www.apa.org/topics/children/stress
Since 2012, Angela has been assessing clients and successfully guiding trauma treatment in her private practice using the NeuroSequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) developed by Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy. In addition, Angela has been invited to consult on multiple regional cases involving highly challenging special needs children.