Older kids may also have meltdowns when they are flooded with strong feelings. They are developing better coping skills but may not have the presence of mind to use those skills.
All kids experience stress. Some turn to talking to friends while others try escaping with drugs. How are your kids coping with their stress?
Developing Healthy Coping Strategies
Your kids may feel pressure to do well at school, sports and other activities. They also have various social pressures with classmates, friends and family.
Since all kids need to handle stress, developing healthy strategies is important. What do your kids like to do to calm down? Some healthy ways kids cope with stress include:
- Drawing or coloring
- Listening to music
- Playing an instrument
- Talking to someone
- Exercising or going for a walk
- Writing in a journal
- Practicing a sport
Recognizing Unhealthy Coping Behaviors
When your kids are overextended or exhausted, their coping skills may start to crumble. Even though they were coping well a few days ago, they may not be able to do it today.
Some behaviors indicate potentially serious problems in coping with stress. It’s natural to want to minimize the possible consequences and hope that things will get better. Don’t all teens act like this? Isn’t this a phase that will soon pass?
What behaviors may indicate a problem? Red flag behaviors include:
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