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Back-to-School Stress Busters

Between homework and schedules, back-to-school can be stressful for kids. Test your IQ on keeping your kids stress-free.

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Back-to-School Stress Busters
Back-to-School Stress Busters
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which age group of children can experience school-related stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. While every age group experiences stress, the signs and symptoms of stress in each group may be different.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Children feel better after a period of downtime after school.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Kids need some downtime to release their minds and relax, and the hours immediately after the final bell rings can be a great time for that. Look for an activity that lets them change their focus for a few minutes, but doesn't distract them so long they have a hard time getting on track for homework and other activities.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these may be a sign that your high schooler is experiencing school-related stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Other possible reactions include becoming withdrawn, having antisocial behavior and developing gastrointestinal problems or headaches. If your child's stress symptoms do not resolve in a few weeks or if they get worse, you may want to make an appointment for your child to see a doctor.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these may be a sign that your elementary school-aged child is experiencing stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Other symptoms include frequent colds, sweaty palms, nail biting and moodiness. As with older children, you may want to make an appointment with your child's pediatrician if their symptoms do not get better.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stressful expectations kids may feel are always the result of pressure from parents.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Parents can certainly expect a lot from their children, and that pressure may make children more stressed. But like their parents, kids may expect a lot from themselves. Those expectations and the realities of failure can increase a child's stress. Teaching your child to set realistic goals can help them reduce stress.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What percentage of children are bullied at school?

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The correct answer is: Three-quarters of kids say they have been teased or bullied at least once. Bullying is certainly a big cause of stress and anxiety for children. Kids try to keep this a secret, but it can begin to affect their physical health, causing stomachaches, diarrhea or other symptoms. Keep an open line of communication with your child to help them feel comfortable opening up to you if he is being bullied.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress from home-life events rarely interferes with a student's school life.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The stress from conflict at home can affect a child's school life and may interfere with their learning. Keeping your home a stress-free area may help your child perform better at school.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How long can family-induced stress affect kids’ learning and behavior?

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The correct answer is: Stress from family or home life can interfere with a child's learning and behavior for up to two days after an incident.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: If left untreated, chronic stress in children can lead to severe behavioral issues and evolve into substance abuse problems as an adult.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Over time, chronic stress can weaken a child's confidence. That can lead to behavioral issues as they get older; as adults, that may translate into problems such as eating disorders, substance abuse problems, depression and other conditions. Seek counseling if your child's stress continues.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Laughter can help your child relax.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Laughter can reduce anxiety and help ease a child's stress. Encourage children to watch a funny movie or cartoons whenever they have TV time.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which type of schedule is best for reducing stress in children?

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The correct answer is: Each child needs a different type of schedule--one built around their temperament. Some children need familiar and predictable routines, while others thrive on spontaneity. When planning your child's days, especially their after-school hours, keep in mind all kids need time for relaxation and unstructured play. These moments of down time will help them reduce stress.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercise does very little to reduce stress in children. It may actually create more stress.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Exercise is one of the best ways to ease stress. Physical activity helps children clear their heads and can lift their spirits. Exercise of any kind can also increase levels of endorphins--the body's "feel-good" chemicals.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these groups of people can help middle- and high school students reduce stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Talking to others and being with people whose company they enjoy can be a very effective way to reduce stress. A group of friends can go to the movies or just hang out and talk. The same is true for a church youth group. A teacher or coach may be a great friend to have during stressful periods. They can help students prioritize and focus on what's most important so they feel less overwhelmed.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is the effect of sleep on stress?

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The correct answer is: When kids don't get enough sleep, the stress they have in their day-to-day life will be amplified. They'll feel cranky and may have trouble concentrating. They won't perform their best on tests and in sports or music activities. Getting the right amount of sleep each night can help reduce stress and set kids up for a successful day the next day.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Setting up a homework center or study area may help your child feel more organized, which can reduce anxiety.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Students may experience increased anxiety levels if they feel disorganized. Help them get more organized at home by establishing a homework center or study area.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these techniques can help your child focus better at school?

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The correct answer is: Students who eat a good breakfast will feel fuller longer and can concentrate on school work rather than when the next meal is. A healthy breakfast also helps even out a child's blood sugar levels, so they won't feel tired and sluggish.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these sports activities may reduce a child's stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. For children, activities like walking, bicycling, outdoor play and individual and group sports can help lift their spirits, reduce stress and connect them with friends.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Younger children may be helped by drawing about the things that are bothering them.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you notice your child seems to be more stressed than usual, or has many symptoms of increased stress, they may not be willing to open up and talk to you. However, they may be willing to draw things that can help you understand what causes their stress. Your child's pediatrician can help you learn how to approach your child about their stress.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these stress-relieving activities is the most popular for teenagers?

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Some stress can be healthy for your child.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some stress is normal, and stress can even be healthy (the same is true for adults). A small amount of stress can help your child work more quickly or do better than they might without stress. But knowing when stress moves from healthy to chronic and troublesome can help you and your child cope with school-related stress better.

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