Everyone wants their child to have a stress free childhood, right? Maybe that’s not such a good idea after all. According to a Dutch researcher, Esther Nederhof, children who have stress free childhoods are more likely to be depressed when they become adults. They’ve never learned to handle stress so it becomes too difficult to handle.
That’s not the case with all children who grow up having stress free childhoods, but it’s a tendency. So, what does a parent do if they are trying to help minimize the stress their child might have to deal with? Induce it, in a stress free way.
According to Nederhof children who are adept at “switching tasks are also less likely to be affected by stress.” Therefore find ways to make your child change tasks. For instance, while the child is playing, step in and introduce a game. Maybe change the chore while the child is doing it (something easier might work better than something more difficult).