Tackling Test Stress Tip 13: Communicate with Parents

Sometimes parents don’t know the best ways to help their children when it comes to important tests. Encourage them to reinforce their students’ efforts, like studying and doing homework, rather than focusing on making a certain grade. Suggest that they reassure their child, but avoid giving excessive reassurance, such as repeatedly saying, ‘You’ll do great!’ too much. For children who are really anxious, this reassurance may causes them to try to discredit the parent’s opinion. The NYU Child Study Center created a great letter for parents. Check it out: HELPING YOUR CHILD MANAGE TEST ANXIETY

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