Before her GCSE’s started she was extremely stressed and worried about them. Overall the biggest thing that helped her was getting the first one done and realising they’re not as scary as she thought, but there are some things we found have helped too.
- Getting her up early (not ridiculous) so she’s had time to get ready and have breakfast, no rushing.
- Packing a good packed lunch. If I don’t pack her something, she will just take a chocolate bar and crisps.
- Making sure she takes a drink to school.
- Giving her time to revise. We’ve still given her the odd chore but not as much as usual (not that it’s a lot anyway)
- Also giving her something else to do like going out for a meal, watching a movie, going for a walk. She does need time to revise but it doesn’t help to just revise.
- Good meals in the afternoon and plenty of healthy snacks throughout the day.
- Having a treat (can just be a chocolate bar) at the end of every exam day.
- No pressure. Just keep reminding them to do their best and that you will be proud regardless.
So that’s it! It’s definitely not as easy as it sounds. Hormonal, stressed teenagers are not the easiest of things to deal with, but just remember it’s not for long.