One very important thing that we can teach our children is how to recognize the difference between “the small stuff” and what is really a cause for concern. Some kids take life’s small slights and setbacks with a shrug, while others freak out, blow up, or fly off the proverbial handle in a loud huff or with silent seething.
It turns out that just as life’s most challenging experiences can flood the bloodstream with stress hormones, the smallest hassles can take a toll as well. Feeling chronically stressed increases the risk of heart disease and weakens the immune system. It can also compromise some types of memory and learning.
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