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How to help your teen deal with stress

Posted at 9:31 PM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 21:31:40-04

School can be a scary place...in every corner of their lives, your children face challenges.

 

"Whether we're talking about the pressure of academics, peer pressure or bullying teens have so much on their plates."

 

Mia Redrick, the Mom Strategist says parents need to be on the lookout for the warning signs.

 

"Are they snacking too much or too little, not wanting to have dinner at all with the family.  If you notice any shifts in their dietary regiment they might be stressed out.  Another thing to listen for is their language.  Are they always talking about feeling overwhelmed as to maybe it relates to their schoolwork."

 

Whether it's in the classroom or sports, you help them set the bar.

 

"Teaching them you're competing with your best.  Making your best the benchmark and not the benchmark of someone else."

 

If you notice your child pulling away from friends or feeling isolated...they may need an intervention.

 

"The challenge with bullying is sometimes when a student is being bullied or your child is being bullied they feel like they can handle it themselves and they just don't have the skills to talk about it so keep communication open."

 

Whether it's mealtime or a car ride, catch up with your kids to keep in tune with them.

 

"I love to use relevant articles with my kids to talk about kids that have been bullied and some of the ways that they can solve it, so they can learn what other kids are doing and it's not their story, so perhaps they have some tools in their toolbox when it is their story."