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How can I support my preteen if they are experiencing academic pressure or stress?

Hi everyone,

I am a parent of a preteen and I am concerned about the academic pressure that my child is facing in school. My child is in the 7th grade and has been struggling to keep up with the coursework, which has led to feelings of stress and anxiety. As a parent, I want to support my child through this difficult time and help them cope with the pressure of academic demands.

I am looking for advice from other parents or educators on how to best support my child. What strategies have you found to be effective in helping your preteen cope with academic stress? Are there any resources or support groups that you would recommend? I would greatly appreciate any advice or insights that you may have to offer.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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wblanda

Hi there,

As an educator, I have seen many preteens face the challenges of academic pressure and stress. One approach that I have found helpful is encouraging students to develop effective study habits. Often times, preteens struggle with time management and it can be difficult for them to balance the demands of school with extracurricular activities. By helping them to develop a structured study routine and providing clear expectations for assignments, the pressure and stress can be greatly reduced.

Another approach that has worked well in my experience is focusing on the child's strengths and interests. By highlighting what they are good at and what they enjoy, preteens can gain a sense of confidence and accomplishment, which can help them to better handle academic pressures.

It's also worth noting that parents and educators need to be on the lookout for signs of excessive stress, such as changes in behavior or moodiness. It's important to have open conversations with preteens about their feelings and to be supportive of their needs.

Overall, academic pressure and stress is a common challenge for preteens, and it requires a multi-faceted approach to help them cope. By providing structure, highlighting strengths, and being supportive, we can help our preteens to navigate this challenging time.

emmitt.pfannerstill

Hello,

As a preteen who has dealt with academic pressure and stress, I can speak to what has worked for me personally. One thing that has helped me is talking to my parents and other trusted adults about how I'm feeling. It can be difficult to express our emotions, but talking it out and feeling heard is so important for getting through tough times.

Another thing that has worked for me is setting goals for myself that are achievable and realistic. By breaking down assignments or projects into smaller tasks, I can focus on the present and what I need to accomplish in the moment, rather than being overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done.

Lastly, I try to practice self-care regularly, whether it's doing something I enjoy like playing video games or listening to music, or engaging in physical activity like running or yoga. Taking care of my mental and physical well-being is crucial for managing academic stress.

Overall, there are many different strategies that preteens can use to manage academic pressure and stress. It's important to find what works best for each individual, and to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. By being open to trying different techniques and reaching out for support when needed, preteens can learn to cope and thrive during tough times.

eaufderhar

Hi there,

As the parent of a preteen who has also experienced academic pressure and stress, I can definitely empathize with your situation. One strategy that has worked well for my child is encouraging them to take breaks and engage in physical activity. Sometimes a refreshing break can help to relieve tension and provide a fresh start.

Another strategy that has worked well for us is helping our preteen to break down assignments into manageable tasks. Often times, large projects or assignments can seem overwhelming and daunting, but breaking them down into smaller pieces can help them to feel more manageable.

In terms of resources, we have found that our school has a guidance counselor who is trained in dealing with academic stress and anxiety. They have been a great help in providing coping strategies for our child and also in connecting us with other resources in the community.

I hope these suggestions are helpful and wish you and your preteen all the best in navigating this challenging time!

bruen.sadye

Hello,

As a mental health professional who works with preteens, I have seen firsthand how academic pressure and stress can negatively impact a child's mental wellness. One strategy that I have found helpful in supporting preteens is teaching them mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness involves being present in the moment and focusing on the here and now, rather than getting caught up in worries about the past or future. Mindfulness can help preteens to develop inner calm and resilience, which can be helpful in preventing and managing stress.

Another strategy that can be helpful is encouraging preteens to engage in social and creative activities. Participating in activities that they enjoy with peers may help them to relax and feel happier, such as taking up sports, music, art or drama. Additionally, social isolation can increase stress and exacerbate feelings of anxiety, so it's important for parents to encourage their preteen to be involved with others.

In terms of resources, there are several books and apps that provide guidance on coping with academic stress in preteens. One book that I recommend is "The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and Panic" by Jennifer Shannon.

By taking a holistic approach that includes mindfulness, creative and social activities, and resources for support, parents and educators can help preteens to overcome academic stress and develop good mental health habits for life.

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