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Team ParentCircleFeb 05, 2020
@Anonymous Dear Parent, Thank you for reaching out to us. Exam time is usually stressful for most students and their parents. It must be hard for you to see your son struggle to cope with exams. You probably feel helpless because you are not sure how to help him. Parents feel stuck because they don’t always have answers and solutions. Instead of suddenly stopping your son from playing tennis (it will only make him feel angry and frustrated), here’s how you can guide him to make responsible decisions. First, let him know that you understand how frustrating it must be for him to give up matches because of revision exams. Then have a relaxed and open conversation with him to understand his struggle - what’s on his mind. Let him talk about how important tennis is for him, what it makes him feel about himself. When you show interest in his thoughts and feelings he will be more willing to work things out with your help. Together you could work on a reasonable schedule that gives more importance to exams for now, while he can still play non-competitive tennis to relax and refresh his mind. Help him see that once the exams are over he can go back to playing matches; that trying to score well in exams and matches at the same time can lead to exhaustion and that he could end up doing poorly in both. Hope this helps. All the best!Reply