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Mindful Moment with Mike: Talking to Young Kids About Stress

Posted: 8:03 AM, Mar 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-23 09:03:02-04

Older kids aren't the only ones feeling stress and anxiety with all that's happening with coronavirus.

Young children can become worried simply by watching what mom and dad are going through.

Talking with younger children about stress and anxiety is much different than talking with older kids.

Yesterday 2 Works for You's Mike Brooks gave you some great coping skills, remember it was top to bottom, this is where the stress lives.

For younger kids you address the stress first.

You get rid of what's called "Stress Energy," and the young children will open up and talk to you.

Calm Center Director Matthew Crum says, "They're not going to be able to talk themselves into a calmer state, they're going to need to move themselves into a calmer state. That's why they get fidgety, that's why they get antsy. Don't try to control that just go ahead and work with it. If somebody wants to run around, then just take them on a walk around the neighborhood or walk around the backyard."

So basically you take whatever it is they are doing and you turn it into some coping skills.

Now, unfortunately because we have had our first death here in Oklahoma from COVID-19, I want to talk about how you can talk to younger children and older children about that.

It's going to happen in this next addition of Mindful Moment with Mike, so stay tuned for that here at kjrh.com.

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