Parents naturally want their children to do well in exams, which is completely natural. However, you should try to have realistic expectations and avoid becoming another source of pressure.
Most kids place enough pressure upon themselves and any additional pressure from mum and dad can end up being damaging. Instead, reassure them of your love and support no matter what the outcome.
Enrichment classes may sometimes cause the added pressure of a gruelling academic workload. However, if your child has an interest in picking up an instrument, or a knack for the theatrics, you should encourage them to pursue it because it may help them unwind and destress.
You can always sign them up for a trial class at Crestar School of Dance, Crestar Learning Centre or Chinese Bridge Language School to see if they want to commit to actual lessons.
Switch it up
Most parents restrict their children from watching television, using the Internet, or hanging out with friends whenever exams draw near. However, a child’s need for social interaction and recreation should be taken seriously.
Having your children mull over textbooks and assessments for long periods of time will hinder them from focusing, and retaining information. Work with your children to create a holistic schedule, setting time aside for rest and play so that they can recharge.
Exercise, and activities like yoga and mindfulness can also relieve stress and help aid sleep, which is a vital component in ensuring your child is well rested and able to focus especially during exam time.
Most importantly, encourage them throughout this crucial period and emphasise that this is not the be-all and end-all for them.