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Is it normal for my 2-year old to feel stressed?

While your two-year-old is happy most of the time, your child can still feel stressed about a number of things. Your child may be under pressure from a very busy schedule, especially if there is play school involved. A disorganised daily routine can add to your child's stress, because there is no indication of what happens next. Disruptions to normal living, such as moving house, gaining a sibling, a sudden change in care-giver, or illness, can also cause overwhelming stress for your young child.

The following are signs that could indicate that your child is stressed:

Your child loses interest in activities and appears withdrawn.
Severe changes to your child's personality, usually from happy and open, to sullen and angry.
Your child does not want to play.
Your child is reluctant to go somewhere other than home.
Toilet training suddenly becomes problematic and progress is lost.

If your child does seem stressed, try to address the causes and provide comfort and explanations for the goings-on. If you think your child's daily timetable is too busy (rushing around and getting your child ready in time add to stress), then simplify the roster and take things easier.

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