Many children may have a difficult time verbalizing their academic stress. It is important for parents to notice any possible signs of stress in their children. Academic stress in children can manifest in physical, emotional, and behavior symptoms. Children can sometimes struggle with emotional outbursts, aggression, headaches, stomachaches, acting out, bedwetting, social isolation, withdrawal, trouble concentration, and learning difficulties.
In order to help your child cope with academic stress, talk to your child about his or her worries. This can help normalize his or her experiences and assist in creating an open communication between you and your child. Additionally, listen to your child with empathy and avoid placing blame or judgment. When talking to your child, you might be able to identify areas where you could help minimize stressors. With older children, you can even brainstorm strategies for coping with stress, such as developing a study schedule, deep breathing exercises, and incorporating physical activity.
For some children, heading back to school can bring up feelings of stress and worry. If you are concerned about your child’s level of stress and worry, please talk to your child’s doctor, teacher, or counselor. You are not alone in helping your child cope with academic stress. We can also be a source of support and help direct you to additional resources.
For more information, contact Angelica Tello, MA, NCC, LPC-Intern