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When your child faces exams, often scheduled close together, they are under incredible pressure. They’ll need your understanding and support.
- The words pressure and stress are used interchangeably but are actually quite different
- Pressure can be challenging, but positive and motivating overall
- Stress feels negative and can get in the way of performing well
- Each child responds differently to exam stress and pressure
What to expect when exam stress hits
Your child may openly express how stressed they’re feeling. Or they may hold it in and try to cope on their own. These are some signs they may be under stress:
Blaming others, anger or frustration
Difficulty making decisions
Problems going to sleep or waking up
Racing heart and sweating
Mild chest tightness or pain
Nausea or minor stomach upsets
Teeth grinding, nail biting and fidgeting
Increased smoking, drinking or drug use
Losing touch with friends
Feeling cranky and irritable (increased yelling, crying, swearing, lashing out)
Feeling or thinking negatively about the future
“Exams can be a challenging part of your child’s life. If they are struggling it can help to talk to a counsellor about what you can do as a parent”
How can kids manage their exam stress?
One of the challenges as a parent is that exams are something your child has to do on their own. But you can support them by trying the following:
Parenting your child while they're going through exams can be tough, but we're here to help them.
If exam stress is paralysing your child, you can seek further help through your local doctor or school counsellor.
If you're struggling with a parenting issue then call the Parentline counselling service in your State.
If you are looking for more digital services and resources, check out Head to Health.
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