With the first Junior and Leaving Certificate exams a little over a week away, Institute of Guidance Counsellors president Betty McLaughlin offers tips and advice for students and parents.
Students do best when parents:
Young people need the space to make their own decisions. We are all more open to receive help and advice if we experience respect for our decisions and opinions.
Advice for parents:
Encourage and support and, most of all show, active love to your child at this time.
This includes encouraging them to put aside the part-time job until the exams are over.
While life cannot entirely stop for the Leaving Certificate or Junior Certificate, aim to keep the atmosphere at home as low key and upbeat as is possible.
It’s a challenging time for families.Be proud of your child for getting this far; and proud of your good parenting in steering them towards completing their secondary education.
There will be more proud — and challenging — days to come as those finishing school embark on a new phase in life, whether it be college, apprenticeship or employment.
Tips for students:
Students need energy to perform at their best, eating healthy food is essential for concentration and sustained performance in the examination centre. (Mum and Dad, keep the fridge well stocked, students like to graze!) Students also need some down time, relaxing with friends or family.
Parents should check in with their children at this stressful time and a little TLC goes a long way to relieve stress.
If you are concerned about how your young person is coping, contact your GP or school/guidance counsellor.
Students, mind yourselves by:
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