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Help! My child is writing exams for the first time

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The idea of writing exams rarely brings about emotions of excitement and happy anticipation!  In fact, feelings of anxiety, panic and outright fear are what most parents and learners experience when exam time comes knocking at their door! Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres says “Generation after generation, people have passed on the baton of fear, anxiety and dread when it comes to exams. The stories are familiar to us all:

• You can fail!

• You may ‘go blank’!

• There is just too much work to remember.

• You are writing exams for the first time-good luck with THAT!   

The list is frightening and seemingly endless and yet, it does not need to be this at all. Cindy gives these simple tips to consider that will help ensure that the upcoming exams are a healthy and more positive experience for your children.

1. As parents, YOU are your child’s first teacher.  You set the tone in your home. Be mindful of not allowing your past fears of exams to influence how you encourage your child now. Embrace exams as an opportunity to learn and grow. Create an atmosphere of excited anticipation, especially if your child will be writing exams for the first time. 

2. Get organised!  Have a designated area for your child to study. The study area is a no-go zone for cellphones or any other distractions. Before a study session, decide what needs to be covered and how much time is needed.  Make sure that all stationery, learning materials and an exam pad are available before the study session begins. 

3. Break the exam requirements into bite-size manageable pieces.  Tick off completed sections as you go. Celebrate all positive progress.

4. Encourage children to put pencil-to-paper when studying. Learners are seven times more likely to remember new information when they write while studying. 

5. Set realistic, achievable goals.  Write down goals and put them up on the wall at study area. 

6. Cover all the ‘easy-mark’ concepts and skills first. Tackle the more challenging one’s later. 

7. Teach your child to do their best.  Put in the effort and reap the rewards.Paragraph

8. Manage any fears and anxiety with positive affirmations.  Teach your child to believe in his/her ability to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

If there’s anything that a parent would nod their head yes to, it’s the fact that their children would rather have them rip the hair off their heads, than to eat healthy and nutritious food. 

Not only is this worrisome for obvious reasons, but it is also known that a lack of nutrition can stump child development, as well as cause problems in learning.  

However, many parents are often left feeling like there is not much that can be done about the situation and tend to give in to the demands of their child – which is obviously not good for the child or parent. 

So, if you have been fighting your preschooler for days on end about their nutrition to no avail, then it should comfort you to find that you actually can get them to eat healthy. 

Here are some tips you should take note of: 

Get In Routine With Them

A common mistake made by parents is that they do not enforce a routine onto their children, which tends to help them form unhealthy habits. Ensure that you feed your child a healthy, nutritious meal at least once a day and treat them to a yummy snack – such as chips – once a day. 

Additionally, try to maintain a good routine yourself as well in order to motivate your child. 

Set A Good Example

If you want your children to eat healthy and lead good lives, you must also be willing to make that sacrifice in yourself. 

If you do not allow your child to eat junk food, but are constantly munching on their favorite snacks or chocolate, then it is obvious that your child will not pay attention to you. 

Thus, it is important that you always eat healthy in front of them so as to set a good example.

Reward Them Heartily 

Children love rewards; there’s absolutely no denying this fact. 

Instead of forcing your child to listen to you, reward them for eating healthy meals. Buy them a new toy, take them to the amusement park or any other activity that your child thoroughly enjoys. 

Remember, the main purpose of doing this is to feed them healthy meals, so do not give in to their demands of eating junk food if or when you do take them to the park. 

Recruit Their Help In Cooking

If you tend to cook alone, maybe you should reconsider this habit. Children love to be involved in what adults around them are doing – as long as it sounds fun and not like a chore. 

You can find healthy products in online catalogues with ease to cook the best meals for your family, along with your children. Another great idea is to sit down with them to choose different ingredients and products for creating a healthy meal. There are plenty of healthy choices in stores like Shoprite and Checkers.

Even though it can be difficult to get your child to love healthy food, it is entirely possible. With enough patience and persistence, there’s no doubt that your child will love eating healthy and nutritious food by the time you are done.

Cindy sums up by saying “As parents, it is your responsibility to set a positive, motivating environment in your home. Steer clear of your own fears and anxieties when it comes to exams. Show a sincere interest in your child’s progress and set an example of positive determination, remembering always that your children are more likely to do what you do, rather than what you say!”

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