People of all ages can experience stress, including children. Every child perceives stressors and handles stress in a unique way that is often dependent upon his or her stage of development and maturity level. As a parent, your role is to empower your kids to build greater emotional resiliency and self-confidence. Since chronic or severe stress can have a number of health consequences in people of all ages, you might consider talking to a specialist in pediatrics at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our children’s hospital in Las Vegas provides all the resources parents need to support their children’s wellness.
Use Observations to Begin Discussions
When your child appears upset, asking direct questions might not produce the information you’re looking for. Instead, make a non-judgmental observation. You might say, “It seems like something at school upset you.” Listen attentively to your child and resist the urge to state what your child should have done.
Brainstorm Possible Solutions
After you’ve identified your child’s stressors, invite your child to consider possible solutions with you. Some specialists in pediatrics may observe that encouraging children to become active participants in the problem-solving process can empower them.
Foster Healthy Relationships and Social Support
In part, emotional resilience stems from strong family and social support . Your child can benefit from regular time together as a family. Something as simple as a weekly family game night can support your kids’ healthy social and emotional development. Additionally, if you have multiple children, try to schedule special one-on-one time with each of your kids to remind them that they are loved.
If your children experience stress because of a hospitalization or serious illness, the Child Life Department at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is here to lend a helping hand. The Child Life Specialists at our children’s hospital prepare children for medical tests and procedures, help them learn coping strategies, and provide sibling preparation for visits to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Las Vegas-area families can speak with a registered nurse at our children’s hospital by calling (702) 233-5437.