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Are your kids stressed? Here are some signs that may help you recognize if they are.

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The lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic may be impacting your children more than you realize. From ongoing changes to everyday routines such as missed summer camp, closed community pools and limited playdates, to hearing adults talk about serious topics such as health concerns, job losses and financial difficulties, children are under more stress than usual these days.

As a parent, it’s important to pay attention to signs of stress in children so you can help them manage their thoughts and feelings. This video explains that although everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, there are some common signs to look for.

These include:

  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Difficult concentrating
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown
  • Unexplained headaches or body pain
  • Poor school performance
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past

Certain levels of stress are normal. If your child exhibits signs of stress, reassure them that you will get through it together.

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Date Last Reviewed: May 14, 2020

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