How your anxiety affects your kids
David Code, Episcopal minister, father of two and author of Kids Pick Up on Everything: How Parental Stress is Toxic to Kids, explains why when it comes to children’s health, the real toxin is your tension, because kids pick up on the "vibe" you give off.
Why do you say when it comes to children’s health the real toxin is parental stress?
Do children “catch” their parents’ stress?
The stress switch
How can a parent’s stress cause health problems in kids such as allergies and sensory disorders?
Did you know? According to an American Psychological Association (APA) online survey, more than two-thirds of parents think their stress level has little or no impact on their child’s stress level.
Code: Children today are born with an overactive stress-response, which can make them overly-sensitive to stimuli or overly-emotional — common characteristics in disorders like ADHD, learning disorders or sensory disorders. Or, some kids’ immune systems are more sensitive to stimuli in the environment and they may be prone to allergies or asthma.
Scientists have discovered a kind of “on-off switch” in our genes, called the epigenome. In a child’s developing brain or immune system, even small amounts of stress can switch on genes that cause illness, or turn off genes that prevent illness. Therefore, the unprecedented stress levels of today’s parents are impacting our children’s health more than we ever imagined possible.
How can parents keep their stress from having a toxic effect on their kids?
How do you deal with stress when you’re around your kids? Any tips on how to live healthier and less stressed? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.
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