Ways to Reduce School Stress in Kids

1. Get your kids to take up an activity

Hobbies and extra curricular activities are great ways to help kids take some steam off from studying. It is not healthy for your kids to constantly keep their noses buried in books and have no idea about what is going on in the outside world. Involve them in a sport, get them to take music lessons or learn art. This will help them to channel the day’s worries and frustration in a creative way and feel less stressed.

2. Understand what is causing the stress

If you want to help in reducing the stress that your kids face at school, first understand where the stress is coming from. Are they stressed because they are unable to complete their work on time? Are they unable to cope at school because they have a learning disability? Or are they simply not interested in academics? You strategies of dealing with your kids’ school stress will largely depend on knowing the reasons that are causing the stress in the first place.

3. Set a healthy routine for your kids at home

One of the many reasons for your kids’ school related stress could be the fact that they are not following a healthy routine at home. They may be stressed from all the school work because they are not eating properly or getting enough sleep. Getting your kids into the right routine at home will ensure that when they go to school, there are physically and emotionally healthy.

4. Don’t create added stress at home

Sometimes, parents don’t realize that they may be the real culprits for creating unnecessary school stress for their own children. Comparing the academic results of your kids with that of their friends, scolding them for getting low grades or putting extra pressure to perform well are some of the things that you should avoid doing. Being careful about what you say at home will help in reducing their school stress.

5. See if they need help

No matter how young or old your children are, they will have their own way of learning. Some kids are fast learners, while others are slow. Some manage to study by themselves from a very young age, while others need help from parents and teachers. Some kids feel shy in asking questions to clarify their difficulties with teachers, while some are extroverted in class. Identify which type of learning pattern suits your kids. Use this insight to help them with their school work and reduce their stress.

6. Talk to your kids often

Your kids may be experiencing stress in school because they are bottling up their emotions by not talking to you. It is important that you have a cathartic one-on-one conversation with your kids at regular intervals to know what is going on in their minds. It could be possible that talking about a problem stops it from snowballing into something huge, and this reduces their stress at school too.

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