Monday, April 22, 2013
Stress Less | Children & Caregivers
Stress can harm a child's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Adults also need to be aware of the "stress loop" created when children sense stress in a close caregiver, so training child care providers to leave personal stress on the doorstep when reaching the classroom will dramatically assist in keeping lower classroom stress levels. Handling teacher stress in child care settings is also covered within CCEI's April newsletter Stress-Less Child Care Environments. While lower levels of stress may create positive change and motivational factors, the beneficial aspects of stress diminish when the stress becomes severe enough to overwhelm one's ability to cope effectively. View the linked newsletter for more on classroom stress reduction.