Finals week looms large in the minds of high school students, and stress levels often soar as the semester comes to a close. Students work hard to manage the pressure of performing on cumulative exams and completing end of term projects. Anxiety may rise for high achievers who want to perform their best, as well as students who are struggling to master the course material and are trying to catch up.
Parents don’t have to look far to see that their children are impacted by both academic and social pressures. By some indications, teens now report even more stress than adults. As curricula become more rigorous and testing more high-stakes, the pressure to succeed academically weighs heavily on students at increasingly younger ages. Meanwhile, students are navigating the stress of making and keeping friendships, social media, bullying, and lockdown drills. All of this is overlaid by an ever-growing array of extracurricular activities and commitments. How can parents help children and teens manage this stress? Through tuning into core personal values, fostering problem-solving approaches, and highlighting proper self-care, parents can help children manage their stress.