In this time of extreme economic stress, it can be difficult to leave the problems of the economy off the kitchen table. Fears about mortgages, college tuition, retirement, and day-to-day expenses haunt the halls of many family homes.

Children are extremely resilient. However, children are often keenly aware of tension in the household, whether it comes from financial difficulties or other problems. Ninety-one percent of the children participating in APA’s 2010 Stress in America survey reported that they know when their parents are experiencing stress because of their complaining, arguing, and yelling.

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