do you cope with exam pressure?
In every household, the period from January to March
witnesses stress time. No parties, late evenings or
outings. What is the reason for this? Well, it's exam
time! Children and parents are stressed out.
One wonders about what causes stress in parents when
it is actually the child who is appearing for his or
Listed below are some of the
causes of stress in parents:
high expectations from their children.
disciplining, leading to poor study habits in children.
between the ability of the child and parental expectations.
phobia and other anxiety symptoms in the child.
following tips could ease the tension for both children
that children are very tense during this period. Therefore,
need to be extra sensitive to their needs during
sure you are at home in the evenings. Avoid
going to parties and other social gatherings.
if your child is intelligent, self-sufficient and studies
by himself or herself, it
is still important that the parents are at home while
the child studies.
really help to tell her/him to get back to her/his books
and that you
will help her/him with the respective subject.
involved with the child's studies. It could be
helping her/him organising his/her study pattern. But
never show over-involvement.
the child is studying make sure that the
other members of the house do not get into heated arguments
or joke and laugh loudly. This tends to distract
the child considerably.
the child has nutritious food to eat. Reward
the child with some delicacies, because the child is
foregoing other pleasurable activities during this time.
not be negative in your statements to the child,
saying things like "I know you are going to do badly
this time". Rather, be positive while speaking to
not allow your anxieties to be perceived by the child.
On the other hand, show the child that you have complete
confidence in her/his abilities.
In general, during this period, a lot of stress can
be avoided if we redefine our attitudes and reflect
on what issues are of concern to us with regard to the
expectations need to be realistic.
that knowledge is power and the key to success.
are as important as watching TV and playing.
organised so that both work and play go hand in hand.
details about different courses so that you have a wide
choice of careers.
a course you are comfortable in, not one that might
bring in more money!
dismiss outright the views and suggestions of elders.
be disheartened by setbacks. Remember they are stepping
stones to success and life always gives you a second chance.