Conventional wisdom holds that stress doesn’t begin before late
adolescence or early adulthood. Truth is, today’s children are
unlike any generation before them. They’re stressed-out. Stress in
childhood is a problem every teacher needs to be equipped to
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“Because of stresses at home, kids are coming to school with a
low threshold to handle any additional stress.”
The Denver Post
“Millions of young children aren’t being emotionally prepared
for school or life, and the whole nation is suffering as a
ALL STRESSED UP
You’ve seen kids who act out, act up, or withdraw whenever the
classroom setting becomes stressful. They’ll pull away, get upset,
or become angry. It’s not that they’re “bad” kids; they’re just
stressed kids. They come to your program with their stress cup
full, and they can’t handle one more drop of stress.
Much of today’s childhood stress is due to the fragmenting family.
The family meltdown recently prompted the American Psychological
Association to rate “the decline of the nuclear family” as today’s
#1 threat to children’s mental health. Because kids’ homes are
stress zones, they have a low threshold for stress when they come