Law office of Craig Wilkerson - March/April 2020

Easter Celebrations

Enjoying Springtime in Rock Hill On Sunday, April 12, we celebrate Easter, and we get to enjoy some of our favorite spring traditions: dyeing eggs, eating a big family lunch, hiding eggs for the little ones, and celebrating life and rebirth. There are several events happening around Rock Hill that honor this day and give you and the family a chance to spend quality time together outside while soaking up the beautiful spring weather.

Organized by the Rock Hill Striders, a running club based in and around Rock Hill and Fort Mill, this is a great way to jump into the spring season! Proceeds from the run benefit the Ocular Melanoma Foundation to fund patient and caregiver support. You can find out more and register at BunnyHop5KWalk.org. Even when Easter is over, there are still many reasons to get out and enjoy the spring weather. On April 17, Anne Springs Close Greenway is the location for Kids’ Night Out: Easter Egg Challenge. This spring celebration brings out your kids’ adventurous natures with a hunt for camouflage eggs, disc golf, egg dyeing, and a campfire. Pizza and a campfire snack will be provided, and there will be fun for all. Visit ASCGreenway.org to learn more. However you choose to celebrate, enjoy your Easter and have a wonderful time with your loved ones.

One of these is the 38th Annual Great Easter Egg Classic, which takes place on Thursday, April 9 and features 50,000 eggs spread over 10 softball fields. Yes, there’s a reason this event is a classic — it’s a good time, and there are plenty of eggs for everyone who wants to join in the search. The Egg Classic is a free, family-friendly event that kicks off at 1 p.m. at Cherry Park in Rock Hill.

On Saturday, April 11, the BunnyHop 5K and Walk takes place at Winthrop Coliseum.

The Age of Stress Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety

It’s hard to imagine kids as anything but carefree, happy, and eager to explore the world around them. However, children experience stress just like adults do, which can severely impact their typically cheerful dispositions. Since April is National Stress Awareness Month, now is an opportune time to familiarize yourself with tools and information that can help you alleviate your child’s stress.

Howdo I know if my child is stressed? When a kid is stressed, they will exhibit odd behavior and even undergo physical changes. Depending on your child’s age, watch for mood swings, changes in sleep patterns, headaches, trouble focusing, or withdrawal from the people around them. According to KidsHealth.org, younger children may also pick up habits like twirling their hair or sucking their thumb, while older kids may start to bully others, lie, or rebel. Can I help reduce their stress? According to KidsHealth.org, good nutrition, proper rest, and healthy attention are great ways to help kids manage their stress. Set time aside each day to talk and spend time with your children; talking about worries will reduce or relieve anxieties. If you know about an upcoming stressful situation, like a school exam or a health checkup, prepare your child by studying with them or talking to them about what to expect.

What are their stressors? Any number of everyday factors can lead to stress, and stress can plague anyone who feels overwhelmed. Toddlers and young children going to day care or school for the first time may experience separation anxiety due to being apart from their parents. Older kids and teenagers may feel mounting social and academic pressure. Even something as simple as overhearing loved ones arguing or seeing a sad news report can add to a child’s stress levels.

Don’t stop here. For more tools and information regarding stress reduction in children, visit KidsHealth.org or contact your doctor.

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