Top tips to keep your cool!
It is counterproductive to criticise your son or daughter
Getting up earlier ensures that you are relaxed
Your calmness creates a calm home
Treat them and have the food they like available (healthy)
Ask them ‘Is there anything I can do for you?’
Notice effort and you will get more
Encourage, support, praise and affi rm
It is their exam and their responsibility
Encourage adequate sleep and fresh air
Preparation (following a study plan) and active relaxation are key to coping with exam stress
Most teens take exams seriously and get quite anxious so do not add to the pressure they feel already
The most important ‘A’ is an ‘A’ in emotional health!
Sheila O’Malley is a contributor to Schooldays.ie and also has her own website PracticalParenting.ie.
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