Lesson 5: Utilizing Stress Management Techniques in the Classroom

The first few years of a child’s life are a critical period for the child’s emotional development and well-being. As one early childhood educator said, “Children share the same problems as adults. There are no small problems—only small people trying to solve the big things they can’t understand. And problems produce stress.”

Childhood stress is common in all cultural and socio-economic groups. No child can escape it. While the early childhood years are often thought of as lighthearted and happy-go-lucky, even very young children can be affected physically, emotionally, and behaviorally by stress. Research shows that recognizing and helping children deal with stress during their early years will help prepare them for life’s hurdles later on.

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