You may fret over the dismal economy, declining property values and the stability of your job. Meanwhile your kids are dealing with their own world of worries. They may feel pressure to do well in school and in sports, and to dress or act a certain way (as in, “cool”) around their friends. Whatever the source, stress can have a profound effect on a child’s sense of well-being and physical health. But because kids may not have the awareness or maturity to deal with their frayed feelings, they may not come to you for help. You may have to look for it instead.
Here are 12 behavioral changes or physical symptoms that could signal a stress overload, plus advice on how to help your child deal with stress more effectively and improve his or her symptoms.