Helping Children Handle Worry
Children do not have to pay bills, cook dinners, or manage carpools. But - just like adults - they have their share of daily demands and things that do not go smoothly. If frustrations and disappointments pile up, children can get stressed or worried.
It is natural for all children to worry at times, and because of personality and temperament differences, some may worry more than others. Luckily, parents can help children learn to manage stress and tackle everyday problems with ease. Children who can do that develop a sense of confidence and optimism that will help them master life's challenges, big and small.
What Do Children Worry About?
What children worry about is often related to the age and stage they are in.
Children and preteens typically worry about things like grades, tests, their changing bodies, fitting in with friends, that goal they missed at the soccer game, or whether they will make the team. They may feel stressed over social troubles like cliques, peer pressure, or whether they will be bullied, teased, or left out.
Because they are beginning to feel more a part of the larger world around them, preteens also may worry about world events or issues they hear about on the news or at school. Things like terrorism, war, pollution, global warming, endangered animals, and natural disasters can become a source of worry.
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