Watch Your Kids Closely!

Stressed Student

We have an 18 year old in high school.  He is an amazing young man.  He is number one in his senior class, President of his class, etc.   Yet, sometimes I wonder if I or my spouse are pushing him too much.  I mean, he seems pretty well adjusted.  He is not a nerdy, all books and no play kind of kid, he exercises regularly, just seems to have his act together.  Of course, I am saying this as I knock on a piece of wood.

In a few days, I am going to see a new movie called “Race to Nowhere,” which apparently is about the stress that our kids are under these days.  Just look at getting into college.  You can have a 4.0 grade point average is still not get into a good college.  And the pressure to build up a resume is incredible.

Years ago, a counselor in my son’s elementary school noticed that he seemed stressful and she alerted us to the situation.  It was more serious than we thought, but we got him some help for his anxiety and he is what he is today.   Still, I am always watching for signs of stress.

In that regard, the American Academy of Pediatrics has just compiled a list of signs that might indicate that your child may be under too much stress.  Take a look at them.  You could be saving your kid’s life:

Physical complaints such as a stomach ache or headache.

Fatigue, restlessness or agitation.

Irritability and loss of interest in favorite activities.

Lack of interest in school, dropping grades.

Behavioral changes such as lying, stealing, avoiding responsibilities at home or becoming more dependent on parents.

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    1. Can we handle a preiedsnt like Mitt Romney? What would we do with a preiedsnt who doesn’t drink, smoke, chew, or cheat on his wife? Who has earned the name of the turn around guy because of his ability to take failing businesses and making them healthy? A guy with government experience too? Who has degrees in law and Business and was valedictorian in college? Who is known for being hard working? Who has been responsible for people losing their jobs uh, wait, as owner of a successful business I am thinking that the failing businesses wouldn’t be turning to Romney unless they were in deep trouble and need reorganization and hiring and firing as necessary. I think it isn’t good business practice for a failing business to keep failing and go under just to keep the same people on the payroll, as some seem to suggest. I guess I’ll vote for Mitt after all.

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