Healthy social and emotional development in children include a child’s ability to:
Children can experience stress too! Learning how to deal with everyday stress in a healthy way is an important and a normal part of your child’s healthy development.
Every child experiences stress differently and its effect may depend on your child’s temperament and the kind of support they receive. Your child may not be able to know and tell you when they are feeling stressed. Some signs of stress in children:
A normal part of life. Your child needs to experience beneficial stress in order to develop skills to cope with stress later on in life. Examples of beneficial stress include, starting day care, meeting new people, getting immunization and learning to accept rules and limits.
You can help your child by:
Happens for short periods and it is often connected to a major event. For example, death of a loved one, serious illness of a family member, divorce or separation
A nurturing and caring relationship with your child can provide the support your child needs to get through and recover from the stress.
Happens if your child experiences repeated, long lasting stressful situations. For example, abuse or neglect, parental addiction, maternal depression, living with parents who are experiencing ongoing stress.
Your child may not be able to cope well with toxic stress on their own. Children need your support.
Here are some tips to consider:
Remember: Supportive and stable relationships with parents can help to protect your child against the damaging effects of toxic stress.
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