Warning Signs Of Stress In Kids

Patricia Belton
Warning Signs Of Stress In Kids

Although childhood is a merry and happy time, it’s also an age when the kid is the most vulnerable and insecure. They perceive the world their own way and sometimes get pressured by their peers, friends and even parents.

It’s a common belief that an adequate amount of stress is beneficial for kids. It helps them to develop emotional resilience skills and handle negative emotions in the future. But, too much pressure on anyone can’t be healthy. It may lead to anxiety disorder and panic attacks.

Find out how to recognize that your child is stressed. Here are some warning signs you should pay attention to.

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Regressive behavior

Regression refers to a stage in a child’s development when they behave much younger than they actually are. Typical examples of regressive behavior are whining, baby talk and bed-wetting. Regressive behavior is the reaction of a kid to the stressful things in their life, such as divorce, separation or new-born baby in the family.

When the child appears to be in unusual circumstances, they start acting in an already familiar way in order to attract an adult’s attention. Even if your kid refuses it, they may need your involvement more than they think. Honest talk and support may revert your child to their normal behavior.

Lack Of Concentration

Almost every adult person can tell you they experienced a lack of concentration in their childhood. But, when the child can’t focus on one single task for a long time, there is a sign that their mind is busy with obsessive thoughts.

Overthinking doesn’t help anyone and sometimes even makes things worst. Try to talk to your child about what’s disturbing them and acknowledge their fears. Crosswords and memory puzzles may increase your kid’s concentration. Coloring books also have therapeutic effect: they help to reduce stress and let go of the negative emotions.



Children don’t differ from adults a lot. Sometimes, they have the same bad habits, which signal that they are emotionally distressed. The one common response to stress in both kids and adults is emotional eating.

Dealing with worry and anxiety, kids often turn to the greatest source of pleasure – food. They start enjoying cinnamon buns too often or consuming a considerable number of sweets. If you think your kid’s eating habits have changed, there is a sign your child is concerned. Try to define the reason for comfort-eating instead of forcing your kid to eat healthily.



Although stress and overthinking make kid tired at the end of the day, it doesn’t help them to sleep better. Many stressed children have trouble falling asleep or suffer from frequent nightmares. Though their body is asleep, the brain may continue to feel tension and pressure of the day gone by.

If your kid has insomnia, you can try turning on the relaxing nature sounds before they go to bed. A glass of warm milk, fun night lights, essential oils diffuser, and bedtime stories may help your child forget about a stressful day and have a calm night.

Faking Sick

Most of the kids can’t pretend to be seriously sick. They often complain about a headache or sore throat when all their appearance is glowing with health. But physical fitness doesn’t always mean emotional, and if you catch your child pretending to be sick to avoid school, something is bothering them.

The problem may be even more complicated if your kid usually loves doing something but intentionally avoids this activity. Maybe there is someone who pressures your child? Whether it is pressure to meet someone’s requirements or live according to someone’s rules what’s keeping your child home, you need to address this issue and help your kid to overcome the fears.

Emotional Outbursts

Temper tantrums are common in toddlers and young kids. But when the child grows older and starts preadolescence, frequent tantrums are not that ordinary thing. Maybe your child’s emotional outbursts are meant to tell you something?

Staying calm and concentrated is the smartest thing you can do when your kid freaks out. Do not let their excessive emotions influence your behavior. When the storm is over, teach your child some stress management techniques and other simple yet effective routines (counting to ten), which can help to calm down.

The list of warning signs is not full. Your kid may feel tired and devastated, but show no signs at all. The only way to let your child feel safe and protected under all circumstances is to be here for them. By being understanding and thoughtful of your kid’s feelings, you may help them deal with stress and pressure with ease.

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Patricia Belton was raised in a single-working-mother family, that’s why she’s deeply interested in family issues. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Literature, married, mother of 2 kids. Mrs. Belton writes for different e-journals, participates in versatile online/offline conferences and forums connected with kids and influence of technology.
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