This doesn't make us happy.
New research shows that American children are experiencing stress on a whole new level - and unfortunately, it's on the rise.
Suicides among adolescents have quadrupled since the 1950s and only 36% of 7th graders agreed with this statement: "I am happy with my life."
The worst part is that in just the past decade alone, medications to treat emotional disorders in children have shot up 68% for girls and 30% for boys.
Experts say that this is how stress works in a child brain:
"The hypothalamus (above the brain stem) releases a hormone that rushes to the neighboring pituitary gland. The pituitary gland then mobilizes the production of a second hormone that swims via the bloodstream to adrenal glands above the kidneys. The adrenal glands activate adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline accelerates the child's heart rate and elevates the blood pressure. Cortisol pumps up the blood sugar level, elevating the child's muscle and memory power and boosting the pain threshold."
The stress becomes a huge toll on a child's well-being when they are under pressure for long periods of time.
Researchers say that keeping an organized home, avoiding spanking, and refraining from verbal abuse isn't enough. Parents need to do more to ensure their children's stress level is low.
Author John Medina says:
"The emotional stability of the home is the single greatest predictor of academic success. If you want your kid to get into Harvard, go home and love your spouse.
Exercise is one of the best things children can do to combat stress. It increases neurons’ creation, survival, and resistance to damage and stress."
Great advice for parents. Just listen to your child's needs and remember that they're affected by ALL of your actions.
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