In this week’s edition of Where Parents Talk with Lianne Castelino on 105.9 The Region, child and adolescent psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, author and mom of two Katie Hurley discusses evidenced-based strategies parents can take to help their kids with stress management, worry and anxiety, and Sarah J. Clark, research scientist, poll co-director at C.S Mott Children’s Hospital and mother shares the results of a national poll conducted by the University of Michigan Health examining parents’ view on gratitude in their children.
“I think what concerns me most is kids, especially younger children, which is part of why I wrote the new book, The stress busters book, kids are struggling to cope with distress of any kind. So the minute kids start to feel uncomfortable, we try to find some sort of strategy or distraction for them so that they don’t have to feel discomfort and stress. But the truth is, wherever we go in life, we’re going to experience some amount of stress, that’s part of being a human and not all stress is actually bad, there is such a thing as good stress. So when we constantly sweep it away, and we don’t give them the opportunity to learn how to cope from a young age on up, then they don’t build adaptive coping skills. And it does snowball as they get older.”
“…people don’t necessarily think of something like gratitude as being related to child health. But research has shown that it really does. Kids who are grateful have better mental health, they have more empathy. And here’s where it really matters. They’re more resilient. And that makes sense, right? When kids are able to appreciate the positive aspects of their lives and the situation’s they’re in, they won’t be as overwhelmed when things don’t go their way.”