Is it that time of year again - exam time? Spring brings revision to the front of our minds just as the sun begins to shine and the garden starts to look inviting - unless you suffer from hay fever (Check out the forecast here) It is a stressful time for children and parents , so what can parents do to help?

It is a fine line between encouraging and nagging and no parent will get it right all the time. It is probably better to encourage by deed rather than word. Ask if they have everything they need in the way of books and stationary. Also ask if their study area is conducive to working. Some kids need to be alone to concentrate; others can work quite happily in the front room with the TV on and the rest of the family chatting away.

Respect their working style and they will study better. Ask them what time they want to have a break and don't then offer drinks and snacks every half an hour!

Good luck to all of you who are taking exams.

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.

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