Kids and stress: Q & A Dr. Stanley Kutcher - Health - CBC News
I enjoyed this interview on the CBC news website, so thought I would share it here. (As well I am experimenting here with if I can actually do this, so not sure if it will be available for viewing here.)
Dr. Kutcher believes that sometimes we may overcompensate as parents and other concerned adults, and worry too much about stress in the lives of kids. He makes a wonderful statement : Whatever happened to play? Whatever happened to children working out things for themselves?
And while adults can provide help for children to deal with stress, such as meditation, etc. he says children may just need to play, or hang out with friends, or listen to music, etc. I think there is a lot of common sense really in what he says in this interview, and could be quite stress relieving for parents to realize - hey the children may be able to deal with their stress in the ways children have always done for years.
This isn't to discount trauma some children experience such as abuse, or trauma such as experiencing terrible disasters such as the children in Japan for instance are experiencing - and in severe stress of course adults are responsible for helping children in special ways, to cope, and overcome these kind of stresses.
I found myself thinking of Teacher Tom's post 2 days ago about allowing children to experience consequences, and deal with them, which I think is in the same spirit of what Dr. Kutcher says in his interview.
I hope you might enjoy this.