Recent studies have shown that today's kids are more stressed than many parents realize. According to the American Psychological Association's Stress in America research, "Children age 8 to 17 say they worry about doing well in school, getting into good colleges and their family's finances. They also report suffering headaches, sleeplessness and upset stomachs." The survey also found that many parents don't know their children are experiencing stress.
In our increasingly hectic world, where children's days are filled with school, homework, and extracurricular activities, it's vital that they know how to deal with stress, especially since they seem to be keeping it to themselves. By developing coping strategies early in life, kids will be more well-equipped to handle stress and may be less likely to develop psychological conditions related to chronic stress.