How To Survive The HSC and their FINAL Year Of School
Well school has gone back for another year and 1st term is rolling along at a speedy rate already.
Miss 16 has now “officially” entered her final year of school (they started year 12 term 4 last year) and with that, we have begun preparing the other members of the family for what will undoubtably be a very trying year.
The HSC can be a very stressful time for both the student and those that have to suffer right along with them.
So what can you do take make this time easier on your child and more importantly the rest of the family.
- Make sure they have a quiet place to study. Somewhere away from noise and distractions.
- Try and keep little brothers and sisters as quiet as possible, hard I know….
- Make sure they eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of water
- Encourage them to get enough sleep and exercise. Make sure electronic devices are turned off at bedtime.
- Try and limit late nights during the week.
- Encourage them to temporarily cut back their hours, if possible if they have a part time job.
- Stick to an established family routine
- Try and keep the household as calm and harmonious as possible
- Be encouraging and don’t dwell on any disappointing results they they may receive throughout the year. Encourage them to move and stay focussed on the tasks ahead.
- Understand that they may be even moodier than usual. Don’t take personal attacks to heart.
- Be realistic about their results and don’t put any undue pressure on them to achieve unrealistic results. Remember not everyone is destined for university.
- Understand their school timetable and how it works. Take an interest in their subjects and ask questions.
- Make sure they have a healthy balance between work and play.
- Encourage them to be responsible for their own learning. If you haven’t already, now is the time to cut those strings and make them responsible for their education. Offer advice where needed, but you are not helping them by doing the work for them.
- Give a hug and have a chat. Go out for a shopping or movie day. Spend some time together doing something fun to take their minds off things for a while. Help them to understand that the end is in sight and that regardless of their result, their lives are about to embark on an exciting and new adventure.
So when I’m complaining about temperamental mood swings, teenage melt downs and stress so palpable that you could cut it with a knife, feel free to remind me about this post!
Wish me luck