Adolescents are timid creatures of habit who are easily stressed out. Exams, albeit academic rights of passage, induce levels of fear, anxiety, and stress comparable to those experienced when being audited as adults. However, with some hard work, diligence, and concrete study skills, even the most sour-faced student can breathe a little bit easier at test time.
It’s here. The day you’ve both been dreading for the last few weeks.
Report. Card. Day.
Whether your child hands it over, you pull it from their backpack, or you log in to view it online, everyone involved experiences a moment of anticipation, anxiety, or perhaps dread. Most parents feel obliged to use the “report card moment” as the perfect time for a pep talk/inquisition – but this may not necessarily be the best thing to do.
“I would rather not eat for a week than get my phone taken away. It’s really bad,” said Gia, a 13-year-old. “I literally feel like I’m going to die.”
Sweaty palms. Anxiety. Panic. Confusion. Just a few of the emotions both parents & students feel on the first day of school. Combine it with the hormones of a budding adolescent, and you’ve got the perfect conditions for a potentially challenging start to your child’s high school experience.
Luckily, we’re here to help.