With Results Day just around the corner for both GCSE and A Level students, your teenage children are probably feeling the pressure. As a parent, there are ways that you can help ease the anxiety for your kids so that they can relax and enjoy the summer rather than worry about their grades. Here are some tips from a senior school in Hertfordshire to help your teens deal with their nerves so that they don’t develop into something more serious.
Assure your son or daughter that you are there for them to talk to if they need you. The worst thing they can do if they are suffering with anxiety is bottle it up and try and supress their emotions. Instead they need to open up and share how they feel with either yourself or someone else close to them. Let them know that how they feel is normal and all of the other students are probably feeling the exact same.
Remind them that if they don’t get the grades they’re hoping for, it’s not the end of the world and they will always have other options. Help them prepare a back-up plan just in case and reassure them that you will be proud of them no matter what. Part of their anxiety probably stems from wanting to impress you and make you proud, so be sure to let them know as long as they have tried their best, nothing else matters.
Make sure that your child is eating well and getting plenty of rest so that they maintain a positive mental attitude towards results day. Engaging in unhealthy behaviour only leads to an unhealthy mind and will heighten the nerves and other negative emotions. On the day, make sure you are with your child when they go to pick up their results so they know you are there to support them. You will be able to speak to the teachers if you have any queries about anything.