This time I'm talking about their stress not ours.
My fifteen year old daughter is having some symptoms that I'm having checked out by the GP and whilst we were with him he mentioned this little word that was hiding away at the back of my mind - "stress." Now I could of course be worrying about nothing here (further invesgations are to be done) but this is the thing...and maybe you can shed some light in all of your infinate wisdom on the subject as this is my first 15 year old.
There are circumstances of course. She had to move at the age of 13 and had a terrible first year when she was mercilessly bullied by 'passive aggressive' girls - there's a blog post waiting to happen.
We got through it, we put her in a private school for a couple of years to get her through her GCSE's and geographically away from the school zone she was in. She settled easily (as would normally be her style) and made friends with ease.
Since then there has been 'stuff' going on. Her dad's lost his job, need to move out of rental house and find another as owners coming back...but we try to protect her from the worries we have and she has a happy home life and is loved. She isn't telling me of worries and she has always been one to tell me everything.
But I worry. She certainly feels the pressure of academic work, not least because she basically lost a whole year and is catching up in some subjects. Yet I also wonder, if indeed stress proves to be the issue (which I now strongly suspect to be the case) how much it is part of the teen condition. I need some perpective here because things haven't been 'normal'.