|Supporting your teens as they prepare for their exams is essential in helping your child cope with exam stress and we've lots of great resources which you will find here on Schooldays.ie on how to help. However, once the exams start things can get even more tense and it may only take one bad exam to throw your student off their stride. So what do you do if they come home upset from a bad exam? We have a few tips:|
The key to any parenting crisis is always to provide love and support. Give them a hug first and foremost and tell them everything will be ok. You are their back bone right now. It is your job as a parent to renew your teenager's self esteem and their self belief.
If your teen want's to talk about the bad exam, ask them why they feel it didn't go well. However, avoid bombarding them with questions if they don't want to talk about it. Remember that this is about them, your primary role right now is to support, not to judge. So look for reasons to re-assure. For example if it was a particularly hard paper, all students will have been affected equally.
Of course it's important to do well in the Leaving Cert, we all know that. What your teen needs right now is some perspective - the exam probably did not go as bad as they felt it did (hopefully) and you need to display confidence in their ability to perform well in the other exams. Remind them they have worked hard for all their exams and it's important to go in and give the remaining exams their best shot so as to keep as many optons open as possible. If they' re right and the exam went badly, maybe they won't get their first CAO choice but they could still be in with a shot at their second choice. Additionally they will have time when the exams are over to reconsider the choices they have put on their CAO form so those decisions are for another day .... once the exams are over.
On the day of the bad exam and future exams, ensure and remind them of how proud you are of all their efforts.
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