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Stress on the Rise - How to support your child's successful development

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Issaquah High School

700 2nd Avenue Southeast

Issaquah, WA 98027

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Surveys of school children (even the Healthy Youth Survey of Issaquah School District!) show that their stress levels are at all-time highs. They cite school, home, peers and fears of the future as major sources. Parents want their children to work hard at school, but sometimes this understandable goal can intensify the stress. What’s a parent to do?

All stress isn’t bad. Stress can energize us and challenge us to reach goals. However, when situational demands exceed our ability to meet challenges, stress can lead to mental flooding and burn out. Kids can learn to be resilient, as long as challenges are not overwhelming. Today’s parents need to understand the science of stress, so they can help their children with coping strategies and wise decision-making. They also need to make mental health a top priority.

Advantaged kids can be especially harmed by excessive pressure to perform academically and their parents’ own stress levels. Cultural pressure to perform, look good and achieve excellence at everything affects teens adversely. Parents can feel the same pressures, with success equated with measures from test scores and grades. Research shows that teens benefit when parents balance reasonable academic goals with healthy habits related to sleep, authoritative parenting, and media management.

In this talk, Dr. Laura Kastner will focus on what parents can do to enhance their children’s resilience, social and emotional competence and healthy resistance to stress. The good news is that by making family health a priority, parents will build skills for improving their own well-being as well as their children’s.

For parents only. Free for PTSA Members in the Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Register to reserve a seat. Walk-ins seated only if space available.

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Issaquah High School

700 2nd Avenue Southeast

Issaquah, WA 98027

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