Among key findings: parents underestimated the level of their kids stress. Translation: Our kids are much more stressed than we think. (I say, Yikes!)
- 31% of parents say their child has little or no stress vs. 9% of kids report little or no stress
- Tweens (30 percent) and teens (42 percent) say they get headaches vs. 13 percent of parents
- Tweens (39 percent) and teens (49 percent) cite difficulty sleeping vs. 13 percent of parents
- Tweens (27 percent) and teens (39 percent) report eating too much or too little vs. 8 percent of parents
What's more, tweens and teens were far more likely than their parents to report that their stress levels had increased in the last year."
Thanks Michele. To piggy-back on her post, I want to alert you that kids will act out stress through sleep disturbance, aggressive, infantile or regressive behaviors like bed-wetting and thumb-sucking. The frequency and intensity of these behaviors, suggest the stress intensity.
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