We all experience stress — it’s a normal part of life, whether we are babies or adults. But when does stress become toxic for a child’s body and brain, posing a risk to learning and development? And what can parents do – both to prevent stress from becoming toxic and to promote the resilience children will need to navigate life’s ups and downs as they get older?
Developmental psychologist and Mom Enough co-host, Dr. Marti Erickson, was on KARE 11 to discuss three tips for raising resilient kids.
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❉ STRESS AND RESILIENCE PART 3: HOW STRESS SHOWS UP IN THE BODY. Megan Appelwick, an occupational therapist at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development (SDC), helps unpack the way stress can manifest in the body. She also discusses how to identify behaviors that may be tied to stress and outlines strategies for helping children who are struggling. Megan offers practical – and playful – ways to help both parents and kids learn to navigate difficult transitions and challenging circumstances. Her tips include healthy stress-management skills to last a lifetime.
❉ STRESS & RESILIENCE PART 1: STRESS, TOXIC STRESS AND HOW TO ADDRESS IT. Melissa Williams, therapist and program director at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, joins Marti & Erin for this first podcast of a three-part series that will help you learn how stress affects your child and you. Melissa discusses the stress response in children, toxic stress and its effect on children’s development, and how we can respond to the effects of toxic stress.
❉ STRESS AND RESILIENCE PART 2: PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS AS A BUFFER TO STRESS. How do you know when your baby or young child is experiencing ongoing stress? And how does the way you manage your own stress affect how your child learns to handle stress and build resilience? This episode of Mom Enough® is the second of a 3-part series on Stress and Resilience, brought to you by St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development. Therapist and Senior Program Director Paula Frisk highlights the importance of the early parent-infant relationship as both a buffer against toxic stress and a powerful means by which young children learn to regulate emotions and reflect on their own feelings and actions.
❉ RISK & RESILIENCE: RAISING CHILDREN WHO CAN NAVIGATE LIFE’S UPS & DOWNS. Check out this tip sheet from Mom Enough’s Dr. Marti Erickson to learn more about what you can do to ensure your children have the resilience they need to navigate life.