With final exams and other end-of-school-year activities on the horizon, it can be easy for teens to slip into overwhelm.
Check out these tips to support your teenager during this stressful time.
Stay calm, Mom.
The college admissions atmosphere has us parents thinking that it’s all ultra-competitive out there. So, our expectations for our kids’ high school performance tends to be really high.
The fact is that your amped-up anxiety over your teen’s performance can affect her mood in a big way, so try to remain calm and steady. Your fears and concerns will cause those exam scores to drop due to more stress.
Understand for yourself that not everything rides on your teen’s exams, and that your worry about them won’t lead to a more positive result for your teen.
Let your teen sleep.
According to the American Psychological Association, studies, teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep to maintain optimal health.
Teens who get enough sleep feel more alert and have more energy. They think more clearly and make better decisions. They will be happier and enjoy life more.
And…they perform better on exams.
Be sure to let your teen sleep in on weekends and gently encourage getting to sleep at a reasonable hour the nights leading up to exam days.
Help with prioritization and time management.
The amount of things teens need to accomplish at the end of the school year can be completely overwhelming.
With sports and activity schedules added in alongside other school responsibilities and exams, it’s not uncommon for them to feel as though they don’t know how they can possibly get everything in by deadlines. This is where you come in.
Find a quiet time to sit with your teenager and do the following:
- Grab a notebook and begin listing together the responsibilities, tasks and obligations coming up through the end of the school year.
- Prioritize each of those tasks. Are there any that can be delegated to someone else? That can be postponed? Taken off the list altogether?
- Put all tasks, events, etc. on a calendar to get a clear view of deadlines.
- Work backward to chunk large tasks into smaller steps to achieve the final goal, and set deadlines for each.
Encourage your teen to have fun.
You may have a teen who’s incredibly driven, competitive and over-achieving. If so, she may work and study until she burns out.
Your job here is to remind her to go out and hang with friends…to relax and have fun. Whatever “down time” looks like for your kid, make sure there’s some of that happening to ensure some of that brain space remains free and clear.
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