Five Ways to Help Your Child Find Peace When Stressed
- Friday, January 21, 2011
2. Schedule free time for your kids. When your kids are juggling too many activities, they can easily become overwhelmed by stress, since they must rush from one activity to another without enough time to reflect on what's going on in their lives. But if they have time to spend in solitude and silence, they can learn how to listen for God's voice speaking to them and absorb His peace into their souls. So eliminate unnecessary activities from their schedules and give them the freedom to enjoy some unstructured quiet time regularly.
3. Teach your kids to take care of their temples. Your kids will gain strength to deal with stress if their physical bodies are in good shape. Remind them of the truth that 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 declares: "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." Help your kids take good care of their bodies by establishing healthy habits for them. Make sure that they get enough sleep and exercise each day, and prepare nutritious meals for them.
4. Give your kids opportunities to do creative projects. Creativity connects kids to God, the source of all inspiration. Kids who responded to the national poll about stress said that their favorite way of dealing with stress is by playing or doing something else that's active. When kids turn their attention to a creative project like imaginative play or working to make something, they spend less energy dwelling on stress - and through the creative process, they can sense God's presence and gain the peace they need.
5. Encourage your kids to get outside. Spending a bit of time outdoors in nature whenever possible will help your kids connect with its Creator and the peace He provides. The more they notice God speaking to them through His creation, the more their stressful concerns will evaporate into the fresh air around them.
No matter what kind of stress your kids encounter, they can find peace by taking spiritual breaks to enjoy "lap time" with God. Lamentations 3:22-23 promises: "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." So encourage your kids to spend some time in their heavenly Father's lap often!
Whitney Hopler is a full-time freelance writer and editor. You can visit her website at: http://whitneyhopler.naiwe.com/.
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