While I was taking my sweet time before leaving the apartment for work this morning, I caught a segment on the Today show (after the infomercial with Cindy Crawford pedding magic skincare with melon extract in it should I get it SHOULD I GET IT?) about stress and how to deal with it.
The "stress expert" said a little stress is okay because it motivates and energizes, but too much can take a real toll, mentally and physically. I know, earth-shattering.
Anyway, so at some point they touch on the subject of kids and stress, since young ones could be suffering as well. The "expert" said you had to look for different signs indicating stress in children as opposed to adults, and that children will express their stress in a different way than adults.
This is a very loose reconstruction of what the "expert" said (you'll see why I keep putting that word in quotes):
For example, an adult may say "I'm so stressed" or "my heart is racing". We can't really expect kids to say things like that.
Instead, a child who is stressed may say something like "Ooh mommy, my tummy hurts" or...
"Mommy, I have loose stool."
Um, no. No they wouldn't.
If my kid came up to me saying that I would ask them what the hell their problem was and boy they must think they were so smart using the word "stool" and everything, and that they were smarter than their mom for using such a fancy word.