Summer Vacation Causes Parental Stress
> 6/26/2007 11:16:27 AM

With summer vacation upon us, many kids are reveling in the fact that they are “free” from another year of school. But according to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), children who are home for the summer can be a source of stress for their parents. Over 50 percent of parents polled, reported being concerned about the increased financial burden of summer child care and family vacation costs.

Said NYSPA President and psychologist Dianne Polowczyk,

“There is social pressure on families to schedule vacations or spend increased time with your children during the summer months. These silent demands can lead to added stress, especially if it’s not the best time financially or if taking time off from work is difficult. Setting expectations about vacation with your family can help lesson these stressors, but it’s critical to also take steps to manage stress in healthy ways.”

The APA warns that stress related to summer time activities may elevate everyday stressors related to money, work, personal and family health matters, and raising children. They suggest positive means to alleviate stress such advise  staying away from heavy drinking or overeating, as these can lead to long term health problems.

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