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KARE_stress dangers

Stress is a natural part of life, for both children and adults especially this time of year, but normal stress can turn toxic for children, which can lead to long-term harm to children’s brains and bodies. Marti joined KARE 11 News at 11′s Diana Pierce to explain that at any age, stress triggers the production…

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Toxic Stress

Learn how toxic stress changes the brain and interferes with learning and memory by watching this University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development video.   For the UofM’s Institute of Child Development, click here. To listen to Dr. Megan Gunnar’s interview on our children’s experience with stress, click here.

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Gunnar,Megan_hs

As much as we’d love to make life easy for our children, they inevitably will experience stress. And, as research demonstrates, some stress actually is positive in that it allows children to discover and practice their coping and problem-solving strategies. But when – and under what conditions – does stress become toxic and undermine our…

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KARE_perfectionist

Both adults and children often struggle with perfectionism, beating themselves up over every mistake and becoming frustrated when they can’t do something well right from the start. Although it’s fine to strive for excellence in the important things in life, perfectionism can rob us of joy and a zest for life. But there are things…

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Lundsgaard,Cheryl_hs

It’s hard to be “mom enough” or “dad enough” even under the best of circumstances. But when stress, frustration or exhaustion consume us, parenting can feel downright impossible. But there are strategies we can use to reduce our stress and manage our feelings – strategies that will pay off for us, our children and our…

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