Exams are a stressful for all children, teachers, and parents. However, it is a great responsibility of the parents and teachers to be able to manage their stress and encourage their children rather than letting their stress affect the child’s state of mind.
Experts suggest that every individual experiences Stress in a different way. Some children might complain of headaches, and some might get mood swings, some might experience exhaustion and fatigue, while some may feel sadness and/or anxiety.
As parents you need to be a little more cautions dealing with your child during exam time. Here are a few things you must note:
- *Note For Signs: *Observe your child’s behavior during exam time. A little bit of anxiety is considered natural, however you must know the difference between normal and exaggerated. Make sure he/she is eating correctly, getting plenty of sleep, and staying healthy and not is not plagued by excess anxiety, illness, or irritability.
- Don’t Nag: Parental expectations and words can cause a great deal of stress to a child. Constant nagging about studying, exams, marks, and preparation only adds to pressure. Instead of ordering them to do things, sit and discuss a plan of action they feel comfortable with, encourage and motivate them to study, and try to maintain a tension free environment at home.
- Communicate: Keep the communication channel between you and your child open, this will encourage him/her to come and discuss his/her fears, problems, and anxiety with you. Also keep communication with the faculty at school, as they will be able to provide you with constructive feedback on where your child needs extra work, and in what subjects is your child doing well. This will provide you a strong platform to help your child excel in their studies.
- Don’t Compare: Comparing your child with other children makes him/her feel that you are counting their weaknesses. It is important to help your child overcome their weaknesses but you must do this in a constructive way. It is also very important for parents to promote their child’s interest.
Become your child’s friend and confidant*confidant*
➤ (n) someone to whom private matters are confided
…by BeeDictionary.com this exam season, and not a source of terror and stress.