Children & Exams: Help Your Little Ones Fight The Stress

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If your child suffers from exam-related stress, here are some tips to help him or her. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

There are many people who think that children have to go through too many examinations at school these days. From their first day at school, children will always be monitored and their work reviewed to ensure that they are keeping up with national targets. All of this, on top of all the studying that is required to pass the exams, can make some children very stressed and anxious. If your child seems to suffer a lot from all this exam-related stress, you can always use the following ideas to help them fight the strain.

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If your child suffers from exam-related stress, here are some tips to help him or her. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Help Them Sleep Better

It is very important that your child gets plenty of sleep during exam season as it can help improve their concentration and thinking process. Unfortunately, all the stress that comes during exams can make it very difficult for them to fall asleep. So, you might want to help try and improve their sleeping habits. For instance, it’s a good idea to encourage them to take a warm bath before bed and have a cup of chamomile tea as this can greatly calm their mind. Make sure that they don’t study right up until bedtime either as they need plenty of time to unwind so that their mind and body can relax before bed.

Don’t Put Excess Pressure On Them

As a parent, you will no doubt want your child to perform really well in their exams. However, you shouldn’t be overbearing during exam season as this will only increase their stress levels. Even though you think you might be helping them by encouraging them to study, your efforts could actually be counterproductive! So, it’s important that you are positive and reassuring to help them cope with the stress, rather than creating your own pressure for them.

Get Help If Needed

Every child will deal with exam stress in different ways. For some, it will be like water off a duck’s back, but for others, it will be a very distressing period. If you think that your child is having a very difficult time with it all, you might want to see a psychiatrist and get some professional help. There are lots of child psychiatrists and psychologists who specialize in anxiety and stress in children. They will be able to chat with your child and let you both know about various stress-relieving treatments.

Time For Treats

It’s important that the exam period isn’t just about studying and revising. Your child deserves a break too sometimes! Plus, you should also think about giving them some rewards for doing plenty of revision and getting good marks in exams. You don’t need to go over the top and spend a lot on gifts – these rewards can be as small as an extra half an hour watching TV in the evening! These little treats will help keep your child motivated and relatively stress-free.

Make sure your child doesn’t suffer too much during exam periods by taking heed of these thoughtful tips. They may even help them do better than expected!


  1. My kids’ college sent us forms to order “care packs” of healthy snack foods to help students thru exam “crunch time;” full if things like granola, dry cereal, nuts, chocolate, as well as packets of hot cocoa and tea. I think this would work for younger students as well, just provide their favorite brain food to munch on-as long as they don’t go overboard, having study snacks can help ease stress and provide extra fuel for marathon study sessions.

  2. Hi Christy…
    Had lunch with a friend today and we were talking of the stress the children are under today. He was saying that children are seeing therapists and councillors to help deal with stress. Stress mainly coming from having far to much happening with academics but also the stress of being the best at sports and other activities.
    Maybe time everyone looks at their children and just let them play and grow up at a normal pace.

    Hugs as always

  3. Great Ideas here. I have to save this for when my kids are older… so much to worry about as kids grow up!! My child who is four currently has curly hair and is constantly asking me to straighten it because her friends have straight hair (starts early) anything on that issue?

  4. Great post. In addition to being a top student, modern kids need to go to Taekwondo, belle, football, and language classes like French and Mandarin. Who cares about stress? Other children are going. I do not want my child to fall behind. 😀 This is what parents think now-a-days. Although exam stress comes at a later stage, the beginning with too many activities does not help reduce stress of a competitive attitude. Thanks a lot for writing this.

  5. Great post. The newer generations are in such an overly pressurised, competitive, stressful era, as parents, all human beings are. Is this truly necessary? Ahem, cough, cough, many decades ago when I took exams, I wouldn’t say I felt pressured, I just didn’t like them unless of course….. it was in a practical subject rather than theory intense. Why have exams and our society overall, become so pressurised, stressed, extremely competitive? As with all pressurised, stressful situations, I certainly hope it doesn’t blow a gasket, so to speak. I do fear, it will 🙁

    • I was the opposite to you when it came to exam time – I liked theory better than the Math.. It really can be stressful in school, especially as more and more students are having to decide where they want to go after high school while in Grade 12 and if they don’t know … they’re overwhelmed. But how many of us know that by grade 12? Some people never know! Ack!

      • So, so true Christy. I always think ‘hats off’ to people that know what they want to do or at least think they know and stick to it, yet again, I also think (haha, there I go again) this restricts.

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