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Role of Parents in Reducing Exam Stress

Role of Parents in Reducing Exam Stress

Parents can do a lot to reduce exam stress of their children. Read on to find what role parents can play to reduce their child's exam stress.

Doing away with stress does not seem to be possible these days. And during the exam months the stress levels for both the parents and child escalates like never before. In order to help the child cope with exam stress it is important for the parent to control their own stress levels and ensure that the kid is in peace of mind when he or she sits for the exams in the hall.

Behavioral experts and psychologists opine that a little amount of stress is rather good for the child as it helps them in a way to stay focused; they learn to take studies seriously and therefore the probability of attaining good grades also increases considerably. But when the stress levels go beyond the regular limit, it can be a cause of concern as it affects the wellbeing. Stress results in confusion, exhaustion and overwhelms the kid.

Helping Child to Reduce Exam Stress

So parents need to do their bit to help the kid in this exam period.

Lighten the Environment of the House

There is no doubt about the fact that exams are a serious thing and need to be handled seriously as well. This calls for the enforcement of certain rules and a particular routine needs to be maintained. So adherence to discipline is a must. But in most of the times it is noticed that parents tend to go overboard with the routine. They make such stringent rules that the kids feel literally tied down.

There is a talk of exams and studies during every hour of the house. Remember the kid also needs some relaxation and the persistent talk of studies will make the kid feel unduly pressurised as they grow to believe that there is no respite from this routine. They inevitably feel stressed out despite focusing enough on their lessons.

In order to reduce stress, the parents can ensure that there is a family hour in the house where the kid can join all the members and have a good time through playing games, doing some gardening, listening to music or may be plain chatting about the day.  

Maintain the Regular Routine but Do Not act Like a Jailor

As said in the earlier point, it is important to stick to the schedule as it ensures that there is a systematic routine to follow and the focus lies on all the subjects and the exercises. But while you encourage the kid to follow the routine make sure that you do not end up screaming when the kid relaxes one task on a given day and desires to focus on another or wishes to extend his play hour or break-time by another half-an-hour. Be firm but human in your approach. At the same time ensure that you are always available to the child. Help him deal with his doubts and problems and this will greatly lighten the stress burden when they know that you are there to help him in times of need. 

Take Care of the Child's Diet

Children should always have their diets monitored. It is the growing up phase of the child and as such the parents need to ensure that all the nutritional requirements are met. During exams there is a natural accompaniment of some degree of anxiety and nervousness. As such special care must be taken regarding the diet of the child. It ought to be as simple as possible and easily digestible. All fast food and junk food should be avoided as they slow down the digestive system and cause other associated problems. So keep the diet simple and balanced. Once the regular metabolism is smooth, the stress levels will reduce automatically.

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Seema.6 years ago
I agree with Tejal, meditation helps children a lot to fight exam stress. My child practices meditation regularly and can fight exam stress with an ease.
Tejal.6 years ago
Stress management techniques like meditation for some time can also help children to fight exam stress. Therefore, parents should encourage children to practice such stress management techniques.
Anjana.6 years ago
It is important to be your child's support system. But parents should make sure that their child is having nutritious food during exams. Good nutrition plays an important role during exams.
Reema.6 years ago
Yaa parents can play a very important role in reducing the stress of child. Just be with your child as your child's support system during exams.
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