Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Back to school caution -- overloaded kids ahead. Adjusting to a new classroom and teacher, making new friends, starting a new sports season -- the beginning of the school year is a stressful time for kids. Many parents of school-aged children don't believe their kids recognize or experience stress, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. But children of all ages face worries and, just like it can during adulthood, stress can take a toll on health if kids don't develop healthy coping mechanisms. Children's worries may seem inconsequential. But the pressures kids face — making good grades and new friends, performing well on the athletic field and juggling homework and extracurricular activities — aren't so different from the stressors adults face at work or in day-to-day activities.