Electronic Stress Reactions in Children

Many behaviours we see in children, and think as normal, would have been considered signs of anxiety in previous generations. ‘Common’ has come to mean normal and therefore OK. So what’s changed?

At our house, the singing santas came out two days ago. Actually, there’s only one santa with a gnome-thing and a snowman. This is not just significant for the ritual (1st of December and all) but also because most days our children have access to no electronic toys or screen entertainment. Before long, I was reminded why.

We had temper tantrums. We had overwhelmed sobbing. We had tapping feet, mad running-about (as opposed to purposeful running about) beeping noises and we had baby-talking older children. We had children who made silly choices and who wanted to be entertained.  They also lost all their ability to negotiate and communicate with one another. Simply put, we had children who showed they were overstimulated and anxious. It was exhausting to parent them. (And, just quietly, I didn’t like them very much.)

So yesterday, we had no singing santas. And pleasant children who were great fun and easy to manage.

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About Karyn @ kloppenmum

kloppenmum is me, Karyn Van Der Zwet, mother of three and ex-teacher. I'm part of a revolution in parenting, with the aim to raise mature (not sophisticated) and self-assured children. I also know some stuff about adults. I have also had articles printed in The Journal for The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Children and Young People) and the US parenting magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness, as well I regularly write for World Moms Blog (named as one of the Forbes 100 most useful blogs for women 2012 &2013). You can follow me on facebook (kloppenmum) pinterest (Karyn at Kloppenmum) and twitter (@kloppenmum). I'm also vaguely on LinkedIn (Karyn Van Der Zwet). Thanks to Joe (Mr Hare) for taking the photo. Cheers, son: xxxx.
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2 Responses to Electronic Stress Reactions in Children

  1. Mama Bee says:

    I totally agree. My kids go crazy with too much TV or video games. My eldest son more so than the others. I had to stop him playing any fast action video games during the week because he has total meltdowns after playing and looses all focus for the rest of the day. It’s like he’s buzzing or something! I hate it. So the best I could do was ban him from them during the week and let him play as much as he wants on the weekends. Most of the time he is too busy to play them anyway!

    • kloppenmum says:

      We had to get rid of all the electronics for a few years. Now our eldest boy is nearly nine, we are going to allow one thing a week (one tv show say) and see how he goes. It’s amazing how wired they get, isn’t it?

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