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Stress and Your Child Erlanger KY

Stress affects children differently as they grow. Preschool children often suffer stress because of situations that arise at home or in daycare, abrupt changes in the family structure or alterations to their daily routines. For grade school children, stress can be linked to a desire to please parents, teachers, and coaches. This age group can also be adversely affected by school and their new found social life.

Leslye Hunter
(859) 363-8448
Florence, KY
Practice Areas
Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

P. Dawn Hinton
(859) 653-7963
Florence, KY
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Timothy Barber
(513) 244-8615
Cincinnati, OH
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Geoffrey Yager
(513) 556-3347
Cincinnati, OH
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mark Pruden
(513) 861-6543
Cincinnati, OH
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Disaster Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Gerald Wellbrock
(859) 620-4219
Edgewood, KY
Practice Areas
Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Amita Ghosh, LPCC, LPA
(859) 391-1255
2670 Chancellor Drive, Suite 140, Crestview Hills
Crestview Hills, KY
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Career Counseling,Child or Adolescent Issues,Depression,Gay Lesbian Issues,Life Coaching,Loss or Grief,Relationship Issues
Gender
Female
Education
Master of Education in Counseling PsychologyMaster of Science in Industrial and Organizational PsychologyLicensed under the KY Psychology Board and the KY Counseling Board
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Resolve Counseling and Consulting, LLC

Kendra Martin
(859) 781-5596
Ft. Thomas, KY
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kathleen Blackburn
(513) 621-3600
Cincinnati, OH
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Raymond A Losey
(513) 688-0092
Cincinnati, OH
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Stress and Your Child

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Parent & Child

Stress and Your Child
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 28, 2006, 20:47
   

For many people the words childhood and carefree are interchangeable. Lazy summer days, best friends, and Friday night pizza parties are the stuff childhood memories are made of. Unfortunately, so is stress. Stress, the overwhelming feeling of self-doubt in one s ability to cope, has become as much a part of childhood as Little League.

As society in general, and parents in particular, experience greater levels of stress, so do our children. For many adults, stress is commonplace and easily identifiable, but for children it can be foreign and frightening. Feelings of sadness, anger, and hopelessness are not part of a typical child s day. Therefore when stressed, they become confused and require help shifting through these feelings.

Stress Through the Stages

Stress affects children differently as they grow. Preschool children often suffer stress because of situations that arise at home or in daycare, abrupt changes in the family structure or alterations to their daily routines. For grade school children, stress can be linked to a desire to please parents, teachers, and coaches. This age group can also be adversely affected by school and their new found social life. These types of stressors also have an impact on preteens and teens, as does dating and the academic pressure related to college admissions.

As with adults, children have unique reactions to stress depending on their personalities and predispositions. Some children act out while others become withdrawn. Some have nightmares, and some exhibit physical symptoms such as stomach aches. Therefore, the first step any parent must take towards helping their child manage stress, is to identify it.

Elementary Age Children: Children, ages four to eleven, are constantly changing, developing, and trying new behaviors. This makes it somewhat difficult, but not impossible, for parents to pinpoint stress. When children in this age group are experiencing stress they may react by:

- Withdrawing
- Crying Frequently
- Feeling Unloved
- Worrying Persistently
- Losing Trust
- Missing School
- Ignoring Friendships
- Complaining of Headaches
- Complaining of Stomach Aches
- Urinating Frequently
- Not Sleeping
- Not Eating

Preteens and Teens: This group of children, ages eleven through eighteen, is plagued with a variety of growing pains. No longer children, but not quite teens, this group is noted for its rebellious nature, mood swings, and desire for privacy. These characteristics are often confusing to parents and mock stress. Careful attention should be paid to these children because when additional stressors compound the stress associated with puberty, the results can be overwhelming. Adolescents and preteens react to stress with:
- Prolonged anger
- Low self-esteem
- Extreme behavior
- Reb...

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