• Here are some helpful hints to help prevent stress in your child:

    *Be aware of your childs behaviors and emotions.  Help your child find things that give personal pleasure and encouragement.
    *Set realistic expectations.

    *Encourage the expression of feelings.  Model awareness by using I statements when communication with your child.

    *Teach problem solving techniques to your child.

    *Encourage physical activity.

    Here are some stress relieving tips to practice with your child:

                *Have your child count to ten slowly.

    *Practice deep breathing techniques (I tell my students to breathe in and try to suck their stomachs in, and then breathe out pushing their stomachs out.)

    *Imagine a relaxing place he/she enjoys going to (i.e. the beach, fishing, camping, etc.).