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As parents, we try to paint a rosy picture for our children, right? We don't want our babes worrying about finances, heavy workloads or marital issues, but we apparently aren’t doing such a good job of shielding them from our woes. A new report from the American Psychological Association revealed that 91 percent of children ages 8-17 surveyed were aware of their parents' stress. The truth is, we may not talk about our issues, but our actions aren’t lost on our offspring. The children in the study said certain behaviors indicated that their parents were stressed: yelling, arguing with others in the house and claiming to be “too busy.”
It's easy to forget how intuitive our children are and how little theatrical training most of us have. And unfortunately, our bad acting evokes a strong emotional response from our kids. Thirty-nine percent of them said a parent’s stress makes them sad and worried. Similarly, 31 percent feel frustrated, about 20 percent feel annoyed or helpless, and 13 percent feel scared or angry. Those unaffected by their parent's stress? A meager 14 percent.
Bottom line: We parents may not openly discuss our worries with our kids, but our anxiety overflows into our everyday life and -- obviously -- affects those around us.
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