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Stress Busters

Children's Ministry Magazine

Use these ideas to help kids who are struggling through stressful times.

Kids are under a lot of stress -- at school, in extracurricular activities, and at home. A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that 19 percent of kids' trips to the doctor were related to stress in their social environment -- tripling the percentage of these problems from two decades ago. Help kids in your ministry cope with stress using these tips.

  • Build relationships. Kids who can talk to someone about what's going on in their lives are less likely to experience high stress levels. Be available to kids. Ask questions about what's happening in their day-to-day lives. Help them form friendships through small groups so they know they have a peer group to depend on.
  • Model stress management. Be prepared for class and avoid cramming too much activity into a limited amount of time. Talk to kids about what stresses them out and remind them that they can pray about stressful situations and ask God for help and comfort.
  • Have fun. Some kids don't have outlets to let loose and have fun. Provide activities that let kids be kids -- learning about Jesus is fun!
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