The word pressure isn’t as prevalent as the word “stress” today. Implication is the same though. When I think of Billy Joel’s song “Pressure” -- “You need to learn to pace yourself ... Pressure ...”-- his lyrics still have relevancy but, today PRESSURE = STRESS!
If you are from the generation when Billy Joel was at the height of his career, his body of work reflected his life as he brilliantly unraveled a story.
The lyrics of this song ring true today. Whether your child is trying to get into a nursery school or into college or they have graduated college and applying to a grad school or a job, stress is present.
Living in NYC, parents who want to send their child to a private nursery/kindergarten student understand stress very early. “If I am unable to register my child into the 'right' nursery or kindergarten they won’t be able to get into the 'right' elementary school!”
Yes, to these individuals this is stressful. It’s true that there are much worse types of stress if you think globally, financially, or health issues. Indeed, our stress is personal to us and our family, it doesn’t diminish the worldly issues but, it is all relative.
Do you think kids have more stress today than we were younger?
Clearly, stress can start at any age. How can we help our children become more organized and try to relieve some of the stress?
As the song above suggests … pace yourself and that sounds like a good place to start.
Today, obligations have increased, expectations have increased, and time to accomplish everything has decreased. As parents and educators, it is incumbent upon us, to guide children and lay the ground work necessary for them to move forward on their journey.
It’s never too late to set the right guidelines into motion. And it is never too early to initiate these techniques.
Stress is unfortunately a word that is ageless. Is it possible the new “Hot Yoga” trend is the way to relieve stress for parents? For sure, we need to find ways to de-stress us too!