Parents almost always want the best for their children- they harbour dreams of the best universities, followed by lucrative careers within a global, competitive economy. Many parents therefore put intense pressure on their children to earn perfect grades, no matter the cost.
This type of intense pressure around school and performance can backfire, leading to social, emotional and physical stress. Unfortunately, many kids collapse under too much parental pressure. Sleep deprivation, eating disorders, excessive worrying, cheating, burnout, loss of interest in hobbies or withdrawing from friends and family can all be consequences of excess pressure.
How can you help as a parent?
Try to remember it's your job to keep your children's stress levels under control. If they seem overwhelmed, don't shy away from talking to your doctor or a counselor who who specializes in teen or family issues.
Remember to nurture your child's strengths and set realistic expectations for them. Also, give your child the chance to relax. Just like adults, kids need periods of "check out" time in order to alleviate tension and reduce stress.
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