Does Your Stress Affect Your Children?
We all experience stress and understand that too much stress is unhealthy. If you’re a parent or soon to be one have you considered the effect that stress may have on your child? Let’s take a look at how parental stress affects children.
According to an article at forbes.com, “Highly Stressed Parents”
“If you’re a parent, you may have seen your stress level in your child’s eyes, or perhaps you’ve seen it played out in his or her behavior. If you’re not a parent, you may remember the feeling of delight at your own parents’ happiness, or the devastation when you sensed that they were not OK. Children are sponges, after all – and we all know this intuitively. And there’s a small but intriguing body of evidence suggesting that beyond a child’s disposition, a parent’s stress level can affect a child’s very makeup, including his or her risk of mood disorders, addiction, and even disorders like ADHD and autism. It’s not the most popular area of research, for obvious reasons, but its well worth looking into.
David Code, who wrote the book Kids Pick Up On Everything: How Parental Stress Is Toxic To Kids, has made a career of pulling together the evidence from a handful of labs around the world, which have suggested that parents’ levels of chronic stress can seriously impact a child’s development. There’s no time when parental stress doesn’t affect a child, but it seems to be particularly damaging when stress occurs during pregnancy. And it may affect a child’s developing brain all the way to the genes.
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Research has linked stress in a pregnant woman (termed antenatal stress) to several types of developmental problems in kids, including anxiety and ADHD.” To read the entire article click here.
The impact of stress can be harmful to the body. If you’re looking for ways to handle life with less stress contact New Visions Coaching at 775-391-0884 or visit newvisionscoaching.com to schedule an appointment today.