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A number of things in today’s society can trigger a child to feel insecure, unsafe, fearful, unsure, scared or worried. All these emotions lead to stress for children, which can all be caused from simple things like: starting a new school, moving to a new home or location, being away from home, watching local news reports, hearing about something bad happening or knowing someone who had something bad happen to them.
Stress in children can lead to major emotional and physical disruptions in their lives such as: weight loss, bed-wetting, depression, thumb sucking, confusion, loss of memory, fear of leaving the home and a variety of other manic and mental disorders that can all be avoided. Although most severe cases of the above disorders normally occur after an extremely traumatic event has happened in their lives, there are rare cases when small events have lead to major breakdowns that could have been avoided with some intervention and help from an adult to deal with the stress.
Explain to your child that their feelings are important and that you are there to support them and take care of them. Allow them to express their feelings and comfort them as they address them to you. Reassure them that things will get better, whatever the situation is that has caused the stress.
Allow them to express their feelings through drawing or paintings, discuss the drawing with your child after they have completed the picture, “What is this person doing and why? EThis will help your child freely express their feelings without fearing other people’s judgment.
It is also a good idea to monitor more closely the things your child watches on TV, the news and on movies. Don’t let them watch things that make the child feel uncomfortable in any manner.
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It helps children to know that others have dealt with similar situations or have successfully dealt with the same type of feelings. You can either find support groups in your area with other children going through the same type of situation, offer your experience or other family members experience and explain how you got through it and the ways you dealt with the stress or find books that deal with those issues.
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