ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- As adults we're used to juggling multiple things at once, but how about our children? A recent study shows how our teens are more stressed than us.
According to the American Psychological Association, 30% of teenagers say they're stressed out and feeling the pressure of school, work and extracurricular actives. The APA reports nearly 40% of teens aren't getting enough sleep because of it and almost 25% say it's causing them to under eat. Clinical Psychologist Kevin Polky says there's ways we can help our stressed out children.
"Kind of getting their emotional pulse. Maybe it's regarding school, maybe it's social pressures, involved in sports, extracurricular. What are they thinking," Polky said.
Polky says being in tune with how teens are acting and keeping the lines of communication open are keys to helping your kids manage their stress.