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Signs of Stress In Kids

Body Language Signs of Stress In Kids

With the first week of school in the books, many of you are getting into a routine. As parents you'll want to keep an eye on your kids to make sure they aren't too stressed. Stress can manifest itself in many ways including body language. Let's take a look at a few subtle body language indicators of stress.

1) Self-soothing behaviors. When one part of your body touches another part of body to calm yourself down. 

2) Some kids may jab their cheeks or pull at their ears.

3) Eyebrows may furrow or be lowered. 

Talking To Your Kids About Stress

With school back in session, kids could be getting stressed out. When you notice a change in your kids' body language or behavior changes that you think are stress related then it's time to have a conversation. And by conversation, I mean let them finish talking and sharing what's on their mind. Afterwards ask clarifying questions such as "Correct me if I'm wrong..." Or, "It seems like..." Avoid making assumptions as they tend to put up barriers in your communication attempts with your kids. 

Many times kids get stressed out because they don't know how to solve problems. Here are 5 easy steps to help you kids problem solve.

1) Brainstorm different ways to solve the problem. 

2) Avoid evaluating the solutions yet, which can stifle the brainstorming process.

3) Talk about the pros and cons of each possible solution. 

4) Let you child pick the best solution.

5) Evaluate the effectiveness of the chosen solution. Repeat the process if the solution didn't work.

Share your thoughts about ways kids can deal with stress on Twitter at @blancacobb. Remember to use the hash tag #BlancaOn2. Or, you can find me on my facebook page.

Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.

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