Spring isn’t just a time for new flowers, Barton Springs, and planning for summer camps-- it’s also time for all kinds of testing at schools, from STAAR tests to finals, kids of all ages are feeling the strain. According to the American Test Anxiety Association as many as 20% of school aged kids deal with test anxiety. As a parent, it’s not easy to watch your kid stress out like a tiny adult, but so often we feel powerless to help them combat those feelings. We can do all the preparation possible at home-- download apps, pour over study guides, feed a brain healthy breakfast, and get a good night’s sleep-- but once those kids walk out the door, who knows?
Stress management is a skill that will last children a life time. A regular yoga practice is an excellent habit to combat general anxieties and stresses. Here are some poses you can teach your child to keep in their back pocket: