When Traci Garcia's 19-year-old daughter feels super stressed out, Garcia (the co-owner of a spa) treats her to a facial. "It's a full hour of uninterrupted relaxation that she appreciates," said Garcia of Harwood Heights, Illinois. Courtesy Traci Garcia
Lori Lite, founder of Stress Free Kids, encourages her teens to use visualization techniques to relax. Here, her son is seen jumping off a cliff, the result, she says, of "visualizing and affirming that 'I can do it' and expecting and visualizing a positive outcome." courtesy Lori Lite
Ivan Baker of Brooklyn, New York, shared his answer to helping a stressful teen: "Hand them a 4-year-old sister. That works for us." Courtesy Ivan Baker
Author and fatherhood advocate Jim Higley, founder of the site Bobblehead Dad, says he gives his high schooler foot rubs several times a day. "I'm serious. It totally calms him down ... and if it works for him, it works for me," said Higley of Chicago.
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When Lisa Katzman's 17-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter are feeling stressed, one of the things the Chantilly, Virginia, mom does is encourage them to hang out with Ted, their wheaten terrier, especially while doing homework. Courtesy Lisa Katzman
Deborah Zupancic, founder of the site Parenting Renewed, shared a photo of her son, a high school junior, who fell asleep at the dining room table while doing his homework. She says: "Communication between parent and teen is crucial. These kids need to be taught how to navigate through stressful situations, so they bring these tools into adulthood." Courtesy Deborah Zupancic
Mona Steinberg said she helps her teenage daughters cope with stress by always being available to chat. "When they want to talk, drop everything you are doing and listen. As they get older, their desire to talk to their parents decreases, so treasure the moments when they do want to share and talk," she said.
Author Deborah Copaken Kogan came up with the idea of mom-daughter guitar lessons as a break from the hours of homework her daughter gets at her highly competitive high school. "We smile when we play. We beam, in fact. The oxytocin flows between us just like it did when I fed her as a baby. It's been a lifesaver and a gift. I wish I'd thought of it sooner," said the mom of three. Deborah Copaken Kogan
Jeanna Hale, mom of five including two teens and a 15-month-old, said teens today don't know how to unplug. "I insist on (a) technology-free family dinner. I also stick to a structure - teens need it. Chores, free time, clear expectations. And I talk to (my daughter) all the time - even when it drives her crazy." courtesy Jeanna Hale
Katie Danziger, founder of Nomie Baby, which offers unique car seat covers among other products, heads to the kitchen to lower stress for her daughters, age 18 and 7 (pictured here). "Baking is always a good one, and then the benefits of the great smells from the oven reinforce the ahhhh," the New York mom of three said. courtesy Katie Danziger Author and comedian Sarah Maizes, mom to three including an almost 14-year-old, also does plenty of baking to combat stress. "Nothing like making a batch of blondies from scratch - cracking, beating and bombarding the batter with M&M's and chocolate chunks - to let off some steam," she said. courtesy Sarah Maizes
Merin Dahlerbruch says whenever her 17-year-old son is angry, stressed or down, he picks up his trumpet. "It gives him something else to focus on and allows him a fresh start. We love that he is already learning how to handle stress on his own, which hopefully will set him out on a good path for his life," she added. courtesy Merin Dahlerbruch