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30 May 2010

Parents turn to counselling over exam tensions

As millions of young people do their revision, Relate offers stress advice… to their families

Exam time can leave parents struggling with stressed teenagers – and siblings jealous of all the attention.

Parents are suffering so much stress over their children’s exams that Relate, the relationship counselling body, is offering families guidance on how to cope.

The charity suggests that parents learn to tolerate bad behaviour in the run-up to exams. “Tell yourself it is the stress talking!” it declares. In an advice pamphlet it warns against “extravagant gifts or big amounts of money” as a reward for good marks because it can add to the pressure. And it highlights the impact on siblings, who might become jealous at exam time because of a lack of attention.

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