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Ten Tips for Balancing Stress for Your Kids
Posted 09/08/2015 03:01PM
- Sleep, sleep, sleep! Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial—don’t let homework or extra-curricular activities consistently get in the way of enough sleep. Kids under 12 need 10–12 hours of sleep a night; ages 12–18 need 8–9 hours.
- Acknowledge their stress—be supportive, listen, give hugs, and then problem solve together.
- Provide them with control when possible—let them help decide which activities to do or which order to do their homework in, or even when in the afternoon/evening to do it.
- Provide a consistent study space that is theirs. Be available as a resource but don’t hover—they need to learn to balance and manage their work load.
- Make sure your child is getting some physical activity daily and eating a balanced diet.
- Study in chunks. Encourage your kids to spend up to 30 minutes concentrating on one subject and then get up and take a 5–10 minute break (get a snack, walk around, check social media, etc.).
- Be careful about “interviewing for pain” at the end of the school day—don’t immediately ask questions about the day when your child gets into the car.
- Encourage your child to spend some time each week (or nightly preferably) disconnecting from social media and turning off the device. Create a family tradition (i.e. Friday night can be movie or game night at home), with no other electronics allowed at that time. This should be a time to unwind and relax (which is usually when kids will start talking without you asking questions).
- Let your child make out a daily/weekly schedule in a date book that has time increments as well as dates. Visually seeing their schedule will help organize their time and let you see just how many activities and assignments may overlap. Make adjustments when needed.
- Learn and teach your child relaxation exercises—deep breathing, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, etc.