Coping with the parental stress of PSLE

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Preparing for PSLE can be more stressful for parents! Here are some tips on how to handle it and be more helpful to your child.

For most Singaporean parents, Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is something that shapes the future of their children. There is no doubt that a great deal of hype has been built around preparing for PSLE, as it has been considered as the most important exam for the kids at this stage of their young lives. No wonder it ends up increasing the stress levels in kids as well as parents!

PSLE even affects the normal day-to-day life of parents. It is very common to see parents take leave before the exams to stay home and give their children additional support. It builds up a lot of pressure due to the elevated expectations of the kids and the parents. So, here is how the parents can cope with the stress.

1. Get organised

First of all, you as a parent need to get organized and do the same with the kid’s studies. Prioritize the topics or the subjects by difficulty. Make sure that your kid is not exposed to all the difficult topics all at once. Alternate difficult and easy topics to make sure your child gains confidence and does not lose motivation.

Plan in advance. Create a time table one month before the exams and a to-do list for daily tasks. Monitor the completion of each task. This ensures you prevent the last minute revision and stress that comes with it. At the accomplishment of each goal celebrate in some small way or another to boost the confidence of the kid. When the things will go smoothly parents will certainly feel less stressed.

Three more helpful tips on the next page!

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