Despite the fact that children might not be fully aware or understand the news surrounding the pandemic, like adults, they feel stress. You may see them play and enjoy time at home, but the truth is that changing their routines can lead to stress and behavior problems.
It is important to be aware of any signals your child may give you, most of the time those may not be obvious enough. According to kidshealth.org:
“When kids are stressed out, short-term behavioral changes — such as mood swings, acting out, changes in sleep patterns, or bedwetting — can be indications. Some kids have physical effects, including stomachaches and headaches. Others have trouble concentrating or completing schoolwork. Still others become withdrawn or spend a lot of time alone.
Younger children may pick up new habits like thumb sucking, hair twirling, or nose picking; older kids may begin to lie, bully, or defy authority. A child who is stressed also may overreact to minor problems, have nightmares, become clingy, or have drastic changes in academic performance.”
Here are some tips to help you reduce childhood stress:
- Keep routines in place (Set and stick to a regular schedule).
- Create new activities and exercise.
- Manage your own anxiety.
- Limit consumption of news.
- Listen to your children, speak kindly, and reassure them.
- Keep it positive.
- Accept and ask for help.
Being aware of changes in your child’s behavior will better help you to catch problems before they further impact your child.