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Exam results - how to best support your children

Young Minds are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. 

As young people receive their exam results, Young Minds offer some advice about how can parents best support their children at what can be a stressful and anxious time.

  • Keep calm, especially when your young person’s anticipation is turning into worry or even panic.
  • Let them know you love them, no matter what their results. 
  • Reflect back how they’re probably feeling, e.g. “I can tell you’re worried. Yes, perfectly understandable”.
  • Distract them and keep busy: days out, movie nights, shopping trips - these can help them relax. 
  • Be available to talk when they are ready to.
  • Keep calm, especially when your young person’s anticipation is turning into worry or even panic.

Young minds run a parent helpline (0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)which you are encouraged call;

  • When young people are affected by their results and they display concerning behaviour that isn’t alleviated within a reasonable time.  
  • Or when they become very anxious about moving away from home, starting university, or going to sixth form.

For more advice on how to support your child on results day, have a look at the Young Minds Website for Parents Guide To Support A-Z. 

Or read the full article at;

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/exam-results-stress-advice-for-parents/#what-is-normal-behaviour-from-teenagers-around-exam-results-time?

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