Children experience stress just like adults do. However, they may find ways of dealing with this stress in some very unhealthy ways. We have often figured out some good coping mechanisms as we age. Children are just learning how to deal with their emotions for the very first time. We should keep an eye out for three unhealthy coping habits that moms should watch out for in their kids.
While it’s important to be able to accept constructive criticism, you don’t want your child to criticize themselves extensively. You may notice that your child is putting themselves down. They are being far too hard on themselves when they haven’t really done much wrong. It’s ok to keep yourself in check, but you don’t want the criticism to get out of control. There are positive ways that your child can practice that will help them learn how to improve certain things about themselves. Nobody needs to be taking themselves too seriously, especially when your child is still very young.
Binge eating is very common among kids who like to deal with negative emotions by using food as their way of coping. This can lead to obesity later on in life. Alcohol abuse is unfortunately common in Americans, and binge eating could lead to it later in life. If you notice that your child is eating when they are feeling stressed, it’s important that you help them acknowledge what they’re doing. Help them find better ways of coping with what is happening in their life.
Self-mutilation can occur in many forms. This is a big red flag that you should keep an eye out for. If you notice that your child has bruises or cuts on different parts of their body, you should ask them if that’s something they caused. Don’t be confrontational about it. You want your child to know that you can help them if they’re feeling stressed. There are mental health professionals that can help you navigate this terrain.
It’s very common for children to feel stressed during this day and age. We are putting an immense amount of pressure on our kids. They don’t typically have enough downtime. They are being pushed to accomplish tasks that would have never been expected from a child of that age before. It is important to watch out for unhealthy coping habits that could be dangerous to your child. If you do see self-destructive habits in your child, make sure that you look out for their mental health by helping your child learn how to cope in healthier ways.