We sometimes think that kids have a carefree life. They are kids after all, playing, laughing, running around. We see ourselves as adults carrying the stress of the family, we have deadlines to meet, activities to get the kids to and yet we forget that how we are feeling and acting can impact our kids.

Here is a list of common stressors for our preschoolers:

  • being rushed
  • new experiences
  • too many expectations
  • transitioning between activities
  • frequent change of caregivers
  • starting school
  • separation of parents
  • chronic illness

Symptoms of stress:

  • physical aches and pains
  • irritable
  • not sleeping
  • thumb sucking
  • poor appetite
  • clingy
  • behavioural difficulties
  • regression (acting younger than they are)

If your child has any of these symptoms, they may be having a hard time managing stress in their life and family counselling can help. Contact me and we can work out a plan to help diminish and cope with the stress.