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To learn to deal with stress, a child needs to develop an inner watchdog that can recognize when emotions, duties and responsibilities could or are beginning to feel overwhelming. Teach these techniques to your child so that she will know when she is stressed and what attitudes, behaviors and insights are good coping strategies.
1. Identify symptoms of anxiety
Take inventory of your inner voice when it repeatedly announces, "I'm worried about ____." Whether it's that upcoming math test, party or soccer game, make note of the silent alarm bell in your head. Catch yourself, and pay attention to nervous habits: hair twirling, nail biting, eye twitching, foot tapping.
2. Ask for help
You don't have to handle everything solo. Look for a helping hand. Or you can delegate a portion of a task that is overwhelming. Even the act of venting to someone about all the stress you feel will help you find emotional support and nurturing.