Did you have a stressful day? Your child may have, too. Aside from the typical demands of homework and chores, some middle schoolers are bothered by:
- Problems with friends.
- Significant tension in the family.
- Being overly self-critical.
- Too many extracurricular activities.
- Unrealistic expectations of themselves.
- Keep an eye on how stress affects him.
- Really listen when he talks.
- Encourage him to eat and exercise regularly.
- Help him break big tasks into small, manageable parts.
- Support his involvement in positive social activities, like sports.
- Give advice about relaxing techniques, such as exercising, deep breathing and talking things out.
http://www.aacap.org/pubilcations/factsfam/66.htm Source: "Helping Teenagers with Stress", American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Reprinted with permission from The Parent Institute, a division on NIS, inc., www.parent-intstitue.com (c) 2006