Is A Stress Free Childhood a Good Thing?

Stress childEveryone 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.Happy Child

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). – A stress-free childhood increases the risk of depression: research.


One thought on “Is A Stress Free Childhood a Good Thing?

  1. This reminds me of Carol Dweck’s “Mindset” and also “Self-theories: Their role in motivation, personality and development”. Dweck is an educational psychologist who specializes in motivation. She’s big on rewarding effort, not outcome; in other words, we help our kids when we praise them for working hard at something (which must, by nature, be difficult for them) rather than quickly completing something (which may have been “too easy” for them).
    I think the premise here is sound; if we help our children become problem solvers from an early age, we help them build strategies to deal with the rough-and-tumble of life.
    Thanks – an interesting post.

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