Practical Parenting for the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert

Practical Parenting Advice-LC/JC General

 

 

The following is some General advice for you as a Parent of a Leaving/Junior Certificate student:

 

  • Pushing your anxiety onto them is not helpful for your child
    • It affects their confidence
    • Most put themselves under so much pressure anyway, they don’t need any extra pressure
  • They need support, space, reassurance and recognition that they are working hard
  • They also need extra encouragement (fuel for motivation)
  • When they get home from school, give them a transition period adjusting to being at home again before asking questions about their day etc

 

Your child may have:

 

  • A fear of failure
  • Not enough time for the volume of work that is being laid on for them
    • A Study plan will help them break it into manageable chunks
    • Little rewards for themselves will always help
    • They should alternate 40 minutes study with 10 minutes break
  • A fear of not being accepted if they don’t perform well
  • A fear of doing badly (You hear them say sometimes “I’m gonna fail”)

…….and they may be ultimately afraid that they won’t be loved as a result

 

You need to communicate in such a way saying “it’s not all about school”

 

  • The car can be a great time to communicate with your child – side on communication is excellent to get  through to teenagers

 

During the LC, they need active relaxation, they also need:

 

  • Rest
  • Timeouts
  • Sport/Exercise – Recommended is 20/30 minutes per day – Helps keep serotonin levels balanced
    • Could you buy them two months gym membership during their exam year
    • Checkout Steve covey – The 7 habits (time management)
  • Study plan
  • Eat well
  • Someone to listen

 

Deep abdominal breathing is a great technique for helping you and your child deal with the Exams and the Junior/Leaving cert in general. It also works for stressful situations.

 

Little gestures like the following are great for your child:

 

  • Cleaning their room
  • Favourite dinners
  • Treats
  • Buy their favourite magazine
  • Bring them on an surprise evening out

 

Good Luck Parents!!!!

Practical Parenting for the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert

Practical Parenting for the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert
Practical Parenting for the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert