PARENTS GUIDE: The Do’s and Don’ts of A-Level Results Day
What else do you need to know, apart from supporting your child whatever the outcome of today’s A-Level results?
Unfortunately, it is too easy for parents’ reactions to make their children feel worse. This only adds to the family’s overall stress levels.
- Take a step back and don’t keep asking whether your son/daughter has got their grades yet.
- Wait for your child to come to you once they’re ready to do so. Some may prefer to contact their teacher(s) online before speaking to you.
- Remember they need to think through and manage their own expectations first.
- Expect them to be very emotional – whatever their grades are.
- Focus on your primary parental role of offering help and support.
- Be proud of whatever their A-Level grades are.
- Make this about you. You can expect your child to show some signs of stress but you mustn’t take this personally.
- Get upset if your son/daughter wants to chat with their friends before coming to you. You should be used to this by now!
- Assume you know how much support they need – given that this is quite a unique day for them.
- Forget about all the hard work that goes into any A-Level – whatever the outcome.
- Express disappointment about an individual grade that you’re unhappy with.
- Focus on those Universities your child didn’t get in to.
- Make comparisons with sibling grades. Or even your own!
This is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new era for your child, regardless of their A-Level results. Show them your unconditional support and help them understand all the possibilities out there.
For more on A-Level grades and and the grade boundaries, be sure to read about A-Level Grade Boundaries 2019.
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