PARENTS GUIDE: The Do’s and Don’ts
What else do you need to know, apart from supporting your child whatever the outcome of their exam 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 GCSE 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 GCSE – whatever the outcome.
- Express disappointment about an individual grade that you’re unhappy with.
- Make comparisons with sibling grades. Or even your own!
In summary, show them your unconditional support and help them understand all the possibilities out there.
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