4 Ways You Can Help Your Child Deal With Stress

Adults often complain they are “stressed out.” Increasingly, statistics show, American children are stressed out as well, and the effects on their health, emotional state, and cognitive ability can be significant.

It’s well-documented that adult stress can lead to serious illnesses. But many researchers believe that ongoing stress during childhood – from poverty, parents fighting or substance abuse, bullying, violence or other adversity – can harm kids’ brains and other body systems and possibly lead to major health issues when they’re adults.

Therefore, it is vital for parents to help their children cope with stress.

“Adults can handle more stress children, because our brains are already formed and we have many more coping skills,” says Alise McGregor, founder of Little Newtons (www.littlenewtons.com), an early education center with locations in Minnesota and Illinois.

“Research shows there from stress on kids’ development. Not exposing your child to any stress at home, of course, is ideal, but in today’s world there is so much affecting kids that parents need to know how to help them through it.”
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Statistics cited in a greatschools.org article reflect the higher levels of stress that American children are experiencing: suicides among adolescents have quadrupled since the 1950s; and in the past decade, using pharmaceuticals to treat emotional disorders has increased 68 percent for girls, 30 percent for boys.

McGregor suggests four ways parents can help their children cope with stress:

  • Listen to them and communicate. “By listening to them, you are acknowledging their feelings but also strengthening the trust/bond you have with your child,” McGregor says. “Trust is so important in childhood. They feel supported and feel better being able to get it off their chest.”
  • Exercise. This is easy, fun and often necessary as a coping mechanism. “Children who are physically active release stress as well as build confidence,” McGregor says. “And they sleep better, which in turn makes them better equipped to take on their day.”
  • Take care of yourself, slow down.  Children are aware of their surroundings and look to their caregiver for support. “If a caregiver is not fully equipped to handle their own stress, they certainly can’t fully support a child,” McGregor says. “We often are in such a hurry that many of the basic necessities of care-giving are rushed through. Children can feel the stress caregivers are experiencing and often will act out.”
  • Teach them relaxation techniques. Just as parents teach children how to throw a baseball or build a tower with blocks, they should also teach them how to cope with stressful situations in life, McGregor says. “There are ways to do this, such as count down from 10, or ‘breathe in the soup, blow out the soup.’ It slows down their ‘hyperstate’ of accelerated heart rate and fast breathing.”

“Most parents have the skills to deal with their child’s stress,” McGregor adds. “The time to seek professional help for a child’s stress is when any change in behavior persists, or when the stress is causing problems at home or school.”

About Alise McGregor
Alise McGregor is the founder of Little Newtons (www.littlenewtons.com), an exceptional child care center focusing on early childhood education with four locations in Minnesota and one in Illinois. She is the author of an upcoming book, Creating Brilliance. Also a nurse, she has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a cardiac rehabilitation emphasis.

Have a Fin-Tastic Week #mermaidmonday

Pinup Mermaid by MermaidMargo

There Was A Twister, A Twister I Tell You

Photos courtesy of my boyfriend since I was driving, yes we were in the car when the storm hit last week. We were about halfway home when the storm hit and everything went completely dark and just looked like water was being tossed on to the car by bucketloads. Took us over an hour to get home, the storm itself was only about 10-15 minutes, but we just kept getting turned around by downed trees and power lines. When we finally got a clear road it was just a huge line of traffic ... THEN WE HAD TO DRIVE UNDER A TREE TO GET HOME! It was one crazy day. With three days of no power.

6 Unconventional Ways To Stop Snoring

An estimated 90 million American adults snore, according to sleepfoundation.org. And over half the country – 59 percent – has a partner who snores.

Millions of people are looking for remedies, and after years of unsuccessful tries with more traditional methods, it may be time to try other techniques to stop the sawing of logs. However you go about solving the issue, it’s important to take it seriously and address it in some way.

“Snoring is more than just annoyance,” says Dr. Gene Sambataro, DDS (www.juliandentist.com), author of the book Stop The Snore. “There are serious health consequences for ignoring what could be a bigger issue. If you know someone who snores, then you can no longer wait to find out what is going on.”

Sambataro lists interesting and effective ways people can address their snoring:
  • Dental or oral devices. The goal of resolving sleep-disordered breathing is to remove the obstruction in the airway. The tongue is usually the culprit. One device that can be recommended for the snorer or sleep apnea sufferer is the mandibular advancement device. “This is one of the most widely-accepted dental appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. It’s useful in forcing the lower jaw down and forward slightly,” Sambataro says. “By creating an appliance that is worn at night, an oral physician can help a patient’s jaw carefully and methodically move forward, which automatically moves the base of the tongue out of the back of the throat.” 
  • Use a tennis ball. Snoring is almost always worse when you sleep on your back. This causes your tongue to fall back in your throat, which then disrupts your airflow. One solution is to attach a tennis ball to the back of a T-shirt, making it uncomfortable to sleep on your back and forcing you to sleep on your side. “Eventually, side sleeping should become a habit and you won't need a tennis ball attached,” Sambataro says. 
  • Do tongue aerobics. Muscle weakness within the tongue, mouth, and upper throat may lead to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Strengthening exercises called myofunctional therapy target the facial muscles used to chew and swallow. .Research shows that doing certain facial and tongue exercises every day can reduce your chances of snoring. 
  • Change your pillows. The allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring. "If you feel fine during the day but obstructed at night, these things may be contributing to your snoring," Sambataro says. “Everyone should evaluate whether your pillows are creating some nasal congestion due to a reaction to the material. 
  • Nose cones. These are placed in each nostril to expand the nostrils. This technique has a similar effect as strips, without the irritation of removing them in the morning. 
  • Nasal sprays. When used regularly, sprays can help eliminate any bacteria or fungus what are mucous-producing and cause obstruction of the nasal airway.

“Be careful not to look for quick fixes,” Sambataro says. “Today’s American society is intent on finding solutions for instant gratification. There are remedies out there – traditional and unconventional – but you should be thorough to remedy what can be a serious problem.”

About Dr. Gene Sambataro

Dr. Gene A. Sambataro, DDS, FAGD, (http://www.juliandentist.com/Ellicott-City-Sleep-Apnea.asp) author of the book Stop the Snore, has been a leader in the field of dentistry for more than 35 years. He is the director and clinician at the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, where he and his team practice integrative holistic dentistry intended to heal the mind, body, and spirit, with a special emphasis on treating sleep-disordered breathing issues, like sleep apnea.

The Inbetweens #mermaidmonday

amphibian by emptyredhead
In the air
In the water
In between, there lives ...

The inbetweens.

They are both and none
They control but don't

Of the water
Of the air

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