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Mental health Coping with stress

Children can more skillfully handle stress if they feel they have emotional support from their family. They can gain confidence each time they successfully handle a challenging situation.

Words Can Work and Beth Hartley offer these suggestions for helping your child handle stress.

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Know when to seek professional help. >
Encourage your child to talk about the pressures he or she feels. >
Encourage your child to exercise. Plan activities to do together. >
Emphasize the importance of effort and citizenship over grades. >
Eat dinner together as often as possible and talk about their day. >
Don‘t over-schedule your kids. >
Model how to handle stress. >
Talk often with your child‘s teachers. >
Tell stories of your own childhood. >

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