We have had a look at how you can help to calm nerves, ease tension and generally ensure that emotional chaos doesn’t rule the day.
Set up a routine
Just as you do with babies and toddlers, having a revision routine for teenagers can really help things run smoothly. As well as adding all exams to the family calendar, look at having 40-minute revision sessions, spaced out with 15 minute breaks and a set lunchtime to really regroup and refresh. Fresh air in the garden, a glass of water and a snack as well as some stretches can help with rehydration, boost moods and improve work efficiency.
Peer and parental pressure, along with social media, can make it seem like only a string of A stars will do, when in-fact a child doing their own best is what matters. Try not to push for perfection and instead look at what is achievable to avoid adding to stress levels.
Keeps things in perspective
Yes, A’ levels might seem like the golden gate to university life, but that doesn’t mean everything else has to come to a standstill. While we all want students to do their best, knowing that there is always a second, or even third chance of getting things right, can help to keep things in perspective.
A holistic approach to well-being
Energy drinks, coffee, caffeine tablets and sugary snacks might seem like the ideal energy boost, but they will have not only a counterproductive effect on studying but may impact sleeping too. Make sure your children enjoy a balanced diet, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep, as well as screen time breaks and this will help them cope with all the exam season throws at them.
All work and no play isn’t fun
Yes, exams are important and there is work to be done, but no one can thrive on studying alone. Time with friends, exercise, the odd shopping trip and just chilling out will all help kids to switch off and just be, well kids. They aren’t being lazy, they are being human and need time off to be able to work to their best ability.
Ask them how it is going and you might get a grunt if you are lucky, but spending time together as a family can be really beneficial at this time. Maybe going for a walk, watching a film together or having dinner at your favourite restaurant will help take things down a notch or two and let them know you care and are there for them, whatever the results say in August.
Remember, you count too
When the heat is on, it is hard to think about yourself, but you need to. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so whether you go to a yoga class, run by the river with a friend or pop into see us and have a relaxing facial, schedule in some ‘me time’ and the benefits will be felt by everyone.
Good luck and call us if we can book you in.