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Helping your Child Cope with Stress

I happened to speak about this to an internationally certified Montessori teacher. She talked about what they do at school when they find the child is stressed. Apparently getting the child to drink some water calms him down. Diverting their attention with some physical activity helps. Pressing your palms against a wall, dancing to some peppy music, etc. also help.

One thing I have learnt is that asking for help is an effective way to solve problems. To do that you need to have a reliable network of friends whose views you respect. You can’t develop this overnight. As a parent, make sure you have a network of parents of children in more or less the same age group as your child. Talking to one or two of them could help.

Search the net for How to help your child cope with stress. You will find several articles, blogs, papers and books on the subject. Put together a collection of things that you can try. Over a period of time understand what works for you and your child.

Life around us creates its own pressure all the time. All of us will be stressed  sometime or the other. Being prepared with coping mechanisms is a better way to help our children than subjecting them to ‘trial-error’ when they are stressed.

Two words strike me as most important. Listening and compassion. If we practise these regularly with our children it will be a big advantage in helping them cope with stress.  You will then become their natural ‘go-to-person’ to talk to.


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Sridhar Ramanathan is the Founder of IDEASRS, where he is also a Strategic Innovation Coach. Sridhar’s mission in life is “to help those who want to do things better and differently”. His work involves conducting creative problem solving workshops for clients, and buidling competencies in creativity and innovation. He also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.

4 thoughts on “Helping your Child Cope with Stress

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    So true that Sridhar! The best way to help a child cope with stress is through listening and compassion. Compassion to understand how this ‘insignificant’ thing is affecting your child’s peace of mind and then listening to understand his problems and analyze how you as a parent can help. We cannot take away our children’s stressors entirely but can help them develop coping strategies and learn to handle stress well.

    Co-incidentally, our current issue (Jan 2015) has a fairly comprehensive article on ‘Helping Children Deal with Stress’ and gives ideas and tips for this.


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