Preschool stress: What causes it, and how can we help kids?

© 2006 – 2013 Gwen Dewar, all rights reserved Evidence of preschool stress You send your child to preschool, hoping she will learn better people skills. Instead, she comes back with new behavior problems–increased rudeness, defiance, or aggression. Spending lots of time with peers doesn’t seem to have improved her social skills. It’s made them … Continue reading

How daycare centers change the stress response system (and what we can do)

© 2009 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Numerous studies report a link between daycare centers and stress. The more time young children spend in childcare facilities, the more likely they are to develop abnormal stress hormone profiles. What’s normal? Typically, the body produces high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the early morning. … Continue reading