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30 Sep Solutions for Your Toddler’s Stress – Part 2

In our last blog post, we got started talking about a few of the reasons that young children experience stress. While we would rather there not be plenty more reasons that your child could wind up stressed at a young age, there are unfortunately more reasons that children undergo this stress. At Little Newtons, we do our absolute best to provide the best experience and exposure for your children so that they’re able to develop to the best of their abilities. In posting about these stressful factors, we hope to help you recognize when your child is under stress so that you can act accordingly before it becomes a bigger issue. Changes at Home Big changes become stressful for anyone, but when something is off in the only stable environment that children have, they’re aware of it. Whether it is something like a divorce, a big move that’s about to happen, a new birth or some other form of high anxiety experience in the household, your children can pick up on this energy. There isn’t any great way to avoid this stress from happening, especially since it’s difficult for adults to contain the stress they undergo. However, rather than let your child be exposed to it, do your best to discuss these stressful matters in private quarters where your child won’t ever have to pick up on something being wrong or out of the ordinary. It also helps to disclose that there may be a stressful environment at home to your child’s daycare teacher, just so that we can be aware and make note of any change in behavior that we see in the classroom. Too Busy for Their Own Good While our little ones aren’t walking around with a planner and a Blackberry, they are definitely still held to a schedule. Aside from the time spent at daycare, plenty of children are also spending their time participating in sporting events, attending religious services and still spending time with the family. When a child is too busy, they can become quickly irritated and can carry this mood into their everyday life. Sometimes the simple change in a schedule can be enough to create aggravation in a child’s life. Make sure to be conscious of your child’s tiredness levels and how easily they are sleeping at night. We can also keep an eye out on their napping and do our best to play a part in the rest that they’re getting. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Little Newtons is dedicated to providing your child with the best experience that they can possibly have at this age. We’re able to do that through our challenging curriculum and the environment that we create for them at our daycare. Make sure to check our blog out on a regular basis so that we can continue to provide you with helpful information and guidance on what your child is experiencing at this age. We can’t wait to see what your child can become after they settling into our daycare center....

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23 Sep Solutions for Your Toddler’s Stress

There are plenty of things that contribute to stress in adult life, from the bills that seem to flow on a consistent basis to the amount of time that we spend sitting at a desk for work, it’s not uncommon for adults to have one or more factors in their life that are leaving them stressed. While it may seem unlikely for your toddler to be experiencing stress given they aren’t at work and don’t have any bills to pay, stress in toddlers and young children is in fact very common. There are many signs that a parent may recognize in their child that will signal stress within a toddler. While the chances of these stresses leading to something like high blood pressure or cardiovascular problems, there are plenty of ways that children are physically affected by this stress and it should not be taken lightly. Here are a few of the most common reasons that toddlers experience stress at such a young age, as well as ways that you can minimize and care for them. Common Signs of Stress Everyone handles stress differently, and as a child who is extremely reliant on their parent or some form of provider, the primary ways that they deal with stress will be by acting out towards this person. Some of the most common ways that we see children acting out their stress are: Change or difficulty with a sleep schedule Loss in appetite or upset stomach Change in emotions; constantly upset or aggravated Increase in sickness Constipation or change in bowel movements Nightmares or night terrors Coping mechanisms like thumb sucking Reasons Children Stress Out In the same way that children react to stress differently, there are plenty of situations and circumstances that cause children to stress out in the first place. Below are a few of the reasons that we see children stress out at daycare and ways that you can minimize the situations at home and while they’re at school. Remember, it’s important to take these issues seriously so that they don’t lead to further issues, both emotionally and physically. Separation Anxiety Sometimes this reason becomes a component for stress for us parents as well. When children are accustomed to spending a majority of their time with a parent, spending a half or full day at daycare can seem like an eternity. This may happen in the first few months and maybe even year that your child attends daycare. This can also happen every once in awhile, this can happen when children move to different daycares or start a new program at a school. The best way to counter this is to ask them about their day afterwards and make the drop off as seamless as possible. Creating a comfortable relationship with the daycare teacher will improve the ease at which dropoffs go, and will allow for your child to feel much more comfortable when they are dropped off at daycare. Being comfortable with the daycare provider will also benefit any stress that is created from separation anxiety. Learning New Things Whether it’s in the classroom or at home, learning new things can create a big shift in the way a child’s life works, especially during the learning process. One of the best examples of life lessons that cause stress is potty training. With so much pressure and the discomfort of having an accident, there are plenty of reasons that kids wind up stressed. Patience is one of the ways that you can work on minimizing stress with this particular cause. Positive reinforcement is another way that children can feel confident in this new skill that they’re learning. Also, make sure that you don’t rush with whatever skill it may be that they are learning, this will only increase the chances of them stressing out about the situation. We’ve only just begun to visit the circumstances that can cause stress in toddlers and young children, but we have definitely not covered them all. Make sure to check back in the next couple of weeks as we cover a few other reasons that children undergo stress at a young age or while in daycare. Little Newtons in daycare in Champlin will always provide you with the information and guidance that you need for your child to succeed....

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