S-T-R-E-S-S – Helping Your Teen Deal
by Stephanie Partridge
Our kids are stressed. Study after study is confirming this, citing a wide range of stress related complications such as sleep problems, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Our kids are growing up in a world that is much more stressful than the one we knew as teens. And it is having a significant impact on them.
My kids have expressed to me the various stressors that they have in their lives. My daughter, who is 17, will be graduating in June. She is looking at colleges right now. While she seems to take everything in stride, she has, from time to time, talked to me about the stress she is under. School, grades and finding a good college are all areas that cause her worry. Her teachers adore her and her grades are exceptional, she is even in college prep courses that she loves, but she admits to feeling stressed out sometimes.
My 15 year old son, on the other hand, tends to show his stress more. He has a learning disability which makes an already stressful classroom situation even more difficult. He does well in school and is very popular, but he worries about everything. He won’t broach the subject, but we all spend time in the evenings talking as a family and many times those worries rise to the surface. He worries about me, about my health, about the fact that I am “alone” (despite my telling him that I am very happy being single), about our finances (I have a good job, but what little child support I get is sporadic at best) and so many other things. He worries about school, his sister, his friends. Sometimes even I am overwhelmed.READ More on Stress and Your Teen