Stress Is Contagious, And Kids Are Catching It At The Expense Of Their Developing Brains

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Studies have found that nearly half of America’s school children are stressed. When asked what one thing about their parents children would change, the majority of children wanted their parents to feel less stress. The link between parents’ stress and its affect on children is overwhelming. Learning and behavior is negatively impacted by children who experience stress, whether from their parents’ or even their teachers’ stress levels. Parents and teachers are urged to take simple steps to start reducing their stress, both for their health and the health of their children.

Key Takeaways:

  • The American Psychological Association’s (APA) study on stress found that nearly half of America’s kids are stressed.
  • The same APA study found that 91 percent of kids say that what stresses them most is how stressed their parents have become, and that 69 percent of parents were oblivious to the impact their level of stress is having on the kids.
  • Teaching school is a highly stressful occupation and now a study in Canada, the first of its kind, has found that a teacher’s stress is also impacting kids.

“The same APA study found that 91 percent of kids say that what stresses them most is how stressed their parents have become, and that 69 percent of parents were oblivious to the impact their level of stress is having on the kids.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/don-joseph-goewey-/stress-is-contagious-and-_b_11248138.html

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