When I worked as a counsellor at a school, people often asked me, “What could a child possibly be stressed about?” The question seems to be based on the assumption that a child’s world is uncomplicated; made up of fun, cuddles and ice-cream. I’d like to ask you to take a moment to remember yourself as a child. Do you remember how nasty some other children could be, or how overwhelming it could feel when your parents would argue? Stress is a real thing for children, just as it is for adults. It’s true that their stress is not related to debt, political situations, and traffic. But their stress is real. They experience it physically, emotionally and cognitively.
A lot of my friends have had kids recently. And the ones who haven’t had any, are about to pop. Even though I don’t have kids, for the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time with children because of my work, my nieces and my friends’ kids. I can only imagine what it’s like to be a parent, because I always get to give the kids back at the end of the day. “I’ve given them a tonne of nutella… Good luck!”