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Helping Children Cope with Stress

Helping Children Cope with Stress

It can be confusing to know just what to say to young children and how much to discuss stressful topics like war and violence, say early childhood specialists at Parents as Teachers National Center. Children under 2 probably don’t understand what is happening in the world around them but react to the tension and anxiety in their environment. Keeping routines constant and providing quiet downtime will help your young child cope. Children between 3 and 5 years old need to have their questions answered at a developmentally appropriate level. Reassure them that responsible adults are in charge of the crisis and that they and their family are not in danger. Here’s a parenting tip: turn off news programs when young children are around. YOU control the information they need to have and how it is presented.

Do you know what happens when you help your child follow a daily routine? She learns to cope with stressful events. Children’s basic needs remain the same, especially during times of crisis. Regular mealtimes and bedtime routines help reassure your child and allow her to predict what comes next. What happens when you help your child follow a daily routine? You help her brain grow!

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