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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Stress And Children

Children have stress too!  Adults aren’t the only ones who feel stressed.  Stress in your child may show up in many ways such as headaches, tummy aches or just not feeling well.  Stressed children may act differently than they usually do, such as having trouble sleeping, difficulty relaxing, eating more or less, not wanting to go to school, becoming more quiet or looking sad or panicky. You can help your child when he/she is stressed by:


• spending time with them, perhaps doing a physical activity together, such as going for a walk or a bike ride
• listening to them when they talk
• trying to understand how they feel
• showing that you love them
• giving them time to relax and do nothing

Nutrition 

 Good nutrition and a balanced diet will help your child grow up healthy. Whether your kid is a toddler or a teen, you can take steps to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits. Five of the best strategies are:


1. Have regular family meals.
2. Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.
3. Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.
4. Avoid battles over food.
5. Involve kids in the process. But it's not easy to take these steps when everyone is juggling busy schedules but every ones best efforts are always appreciated.