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Seven: Your Child And Stress



Stress is normally not a significant problem for
children. They can normally think things through and figure them out for
themselves, despite some stress. They can usually handle their feelings whether
they are feeling good or not and can do what they need to do. They have some
stress but handle it fine. Nonetheless, your children may experience more
stress than they can comfortably handle. When they do, there are normally
observable signs their stress is getting to them. Listen to Cathy’s internal
struggle as she tries to mentally manage her building stress and then visualize
her behavior as she abruptly leaves the room.



Cathy is feeling very restless and cannot get
herself to calm down. She cannot concentrate on anything and is feeling the
start of a headache. The past few nights, she tossed and turned for what seemed
like hours before falling asleep. Last night, she woke up several times and it
took forever to go back to sleep. Waking up was not so bad; but the bad dreams
upset her and kept her from going back to sleep. She could not get them off her
mind.



“Calm down,” Cathy tells herself.
“I think I’m going to be sick.” She thinks her upset stomach is
because of something she ate but the more upset she gets, the worse it gets.
“Don’t start crying again. I’ve got to get out of here,” she screams
to herself. Between her upset stomach and a growing headache, there is no way
she can pay attention to what her mother is saying. Without a word, Cathy turns
and bolts out of the room.





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