Isn't it time for all of us to start dealing with the problem of stress in childhood?
Parenting in the 21st-century is not at all like parenting in the recent past. Just like managing a business in crisis is not at all like managing a business in good economic times or coaching a team in the regular season is a lot different than coaching a team in the playoffs and running a country in peacetime is not at all like running a country in wartime.
As far as parenting is concerned, the major difference is the amount of stress in childhood today including chemical stress, physical stress, electro-magnetic stress, oxidative stress and of course, emotional stress. No matter what you want to teach your kids, all your efforts will fall flat in the face of stress. When the stress response center of the brain is in charge of the body (most of the time these days), kids have a very tough time learning anything new. The pre-fontal cortex of the brain (where learning takes place) becomes blocked by the over-developed emotional center of the brain. And that's just emotional stress.
All the other types of stress in childhood do damage as well. For example, chemical stress from excitotoxins in food literally excite brain cells to death. You can actually see it happening under a microscope. And oxidative stress is now known to the main cause behind 200+ chronic degenerative disease including all the major ones discussed in the media these days.
You might think that stress in childhood is just one of many problems, but, in fact, it is the whole problem. You can go to a doctor & get a diagnosis for one medical issue or a label for another, but each of them is only part of the problem and parents have to dig deeper. The real problem is stress in all its many forms. Stress, in one form or another is the cause of all problems and all illnesses. People used to believe that money was the root of all evil, but nowadays, stress is the root of all problems.
Parents have to do something! You have to help your kids deal with stress in childhood! You have to learn everything you can about stress and how to manage it so that you are in a position to help your kids. If you do this, your children can become stress heroes in life. They can be stress heroes, but only if you help them. I have a clear vision of all parents being empowered to help their kids achieve this result.
And it's a win-win situation; if parents do the work now learning about stress in childhood and helping their kids learn to deal with all kinds of stress, then they reap the rewards of having awesome kids for life. And I am not just talking about kids who get by, survive or just make ends meet; no, I’m talking about kids who thrive and flourish, who are stress-hardy and resilient, and who are healthy, happy, self-motivated and successful throughout their entire lives. These are the kids who beat stress in childhood and eventually have all their dreams come true.
Plus, you'll be better at managing stress in your own life as well and the whole family will benefit. In exchange for doing the work now, you will see amazing results.
Let’s face it, low stress kids are so much better off than children who face uncontrolled chemical, physical, electro-magnetic and emotional stress each and every day of their lives.
Frederick Douglass said, "It's
easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men and women!" Now there is someone who understood the idea of real stress in childhood.
Below, I have put together a list of 160 reasons for you to learn all about stress in childhood and begin helping your kids to become stress heroes at school, at home and in everything they do.